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Benjamin: Lessons in Love and Violence Blu-ray (The Royal Opera)

Lessons in Love and Violence Blu-ray is George Benjamin and Martin Crimp’s second full-length opera – following the acclaimed Written on Skin – draws on the real-life relationship between Edward II and Piers Gaveston to explore how personal relationships can have fatal political consequences. The King lives in a close but uneasy relationship with his wife Isabel, their two children and his lover Gaveston. When the King banishes his military advisor Mortimer, he sets off a chain of devastating events.
Benjamin’s richly-orchestrated score perfectly captures thedrama’s intense emotions, while director Katie Mitchell provides a visually stunning contemporary staging, highlighting the timelessness of the opera’s main themes. The composer himself conducts a superb international cast. 

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King: Stéphane Degout
Isabel: Barbara Hannigan 
Gaveston/Stranger: Gyula Orendt 
Mortimer: Peter Hoare 
Boy / Young King: Samuel Boden 
Witness 1/Singer 1/Woman 1: Jennifer France 
Witness 2/Singer 2/Woman 2: Krisztina Szabó 
Witness 3/Madman: Andri Björn Róbertsson

Orchestra of The Royal Opera House
Conductor: George Benjamin
Stage Director: Katie Mitchell

Extras: Clemency Burton-Hill interviews George Benjamin, Martin Crimp and Katie Mitchell / Cast Gallery

Picture: 16:9
Sound: LPCM 2.0 & DTS Master Audio 5.1
Format: bluray
Region code: 0 (worldwide) 
Running Time: 93 mins
Year: 2018