• Lessons in Love and Violence

Sunday 07. Apr. 2019, 6.00 pm - 7.30 pm | Großes Haus German Premiere


George Benjamin / Martin Crimp

Lessons in Love and Violence

Introduction at 5.20 pm

Always the same old story: that mixture of blood, power, dynasty, jealousy, treason and sex. All the themes found in the plays of Shakespeare and Marlowe, whose Edward II served as orientation for this opera, have been stirred by Martin Crimp and George Benjamin into a musical idiom that is hot and cold, passionate and restrained. It is the language chosen by those who throw themselves body and soul into the power game. It is the language on the lips of those dying when they fail at the power game. The social climber Gaveston and the King are in love, and the monarch lets his official duties slide while the Queen is driven into the arms of Mortimer, the King’s competitor. He desires her, and he wants the power he considers defiled by the love between the two men. Gaveston dies, the King dies. The path might be clear for Mortimer, but the child King has observed the game carefully.

Director: Katie Mitchell
Set- and Costume Designer: Vicki Mortimer
Lighting Designer: James Farncombe
Artistic Collaboration: Dan Ayling

German Premiere on April 7th, 2019

No break

In English with German and English surtitles
Commissioned work and coproduction with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (Premiere May 10, 2018), De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, Opéra de Lyon, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona and Teatro Real Madrid. Supported by the Foundation for the Support of the Hamburg State Opera.

Venue: Großes Haus, Dammtorstraße 28, 20354 Hamburg
Prices: 8,00 EUR to 179,00 EUR

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