There are two realities: a scene from the Medieval era of a Protector, a rich landowner, enlisting an illuminator of manuscripts to capture his life into a book while another scene follows angels milling around a sterile studio or laboratory, watching over them. Little does the landowner know that this ‘Boy’ is an angel in disguise who falls in love with his wife Agnès who is deeply enamored by his art. They pursue a clandestine affair that ends with bloody consequences – nothing can take away the delicious taste of the Boy’s heart from Agnès’s mouth.
Composer George Benjamin and librettist Martin Crimp received praise and success at their 2012 opening at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. Written in Skin is so good that it has been performed internationally, including New York, Amsterdam, Toulouse, Munich, and Vienna. Last Friday they returned back to the Royal Opera House with the same directors and designers, Katie Mitchell and Vicky Mortimer, after their 2013 outing to remind audiences at the Covent Garden of what crisp and original opera writings feels, sounds and looks like.