Lessons in Love and Violence


Lessons in Love and Violence opera by British composer George Benjamin to a libretto by Martin Crimp, a British playwright. Directed 2018 by Katie Mitchell at the Royal Opera House. Stars Stéphane Degout (King), Barbara Hannigan (Isabel), Gyula Orendt (Gaveston/Stranger), Peter Hoare (Mortimer), Samuel Boden (Boy/Young King), Ocean Barrington-Cook (Girl), Jennifer France (Witness 1/Singer 1/Woman 1), Krisztina Szabó (Witness 2/Singer 2/Woman 2), and Andri Björn Róbertsson (Witness 3/Madman). The composer himself conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House (Co-Concert Master Sergey Levitin). Designs by Vicki Mortimer; lighting by James Farncombe; movement direction and associate direction by Joseph Alford; directed for the screen by Margaret Williams. Released 2019, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade NA

Here’s a clip from the Royal Opera House: