NEW YEAR, NEW LESSONS

14 January 2021

Cologne

Thursday 20:00 / Kölner Philharmonie

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Presented by:
KölnMusik

PROGRAMME

G. BENJAMIN Lessons in Love and Violence 

George Benjamin conductor
Evan Hughes King
Gyula Orendt Gaveston
Georgia Jarman Isabel
Paul Curievici Mortimer
Samuel Boden Young King/Boy
Hannah Sawle Witness 1
Kristina Szabó Witness 2
Tristan Hambleton Witness 3
Dan Ayling stage director

ABOUT THIS CONCERT

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra, side-by-side with Musicians of the MCO Academy at Orchesterzentrum | NRW, perform Sir George Benjamin's opera Lessons in Love and Violence in semi-staged concert form in Cologne, Dortmund and Essen.

Following the international success of his first opera, Written on Skin, which was written for and premiered by the MCO in 2013, Benjamin partnered once again with librettist Martin Crimp to bring to life the tangled web of power and intrigue that orbited Edward II, a 14th-century English king. The musical drama cuts through with razor-sharp precision, generatin a tense, timeless atmosphere that transports these Lessons to our time, to this new year.

Since 2009, the MCO has been training the next generation of orchestral musicians in this way, sharing their knowledge through the MCO Academy, drawing together talented musicians from across the world for a week of intensive coaching and workshops in partnership with Orchesterzentrum|NRW in Dortmund, before performing alongside their MCO mentors.


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CONCERTS THIS TOUR

16 January 2021 Dortmund

Saturday 20:00pm / Konzerthaus Dortmund

G. BENJAMIN
George Benjamin conductor / Evan Hughes King / Gyula Orendt Gaveston / Georgia Jarman Isabel / Paul Curievici Mortimer / Samuel Boden Young King/Boy / Hannah Sawle Witness 1 / Kristina Szabó Witness 2 / Tristan Hambleton Witness 3 / Dan Ayling stage director

17 January 2021 Essen

Sunday 19:00pm / Philharmonie Essen

G. BENJAMIN
George Benjamin conductor / Evan Hughes King / Gyula Orendt Gaveston / Georgia Jarman Isabel / Paul Curievici Mortimer / Samuel Boden Young King/Boy / Hannah Sawle Witness 1 / Kristina Szabó Witness 2 / Tristan Hambleton Witness 3 / Dan Ayling stage director