U.S premiere, Lyric Opera co-commission and co-production Lessons in Love and Violence

By Sir George Benjamin & Martin Crimp

  • Language - Sung in English with projected English titles
  • Running Time - 90 minutes with no intermission
  • Location - Lyric Opera House

Lyric presents the North American premiere of a riveting new political thriller, which takes place in a contemporary totalitarian state. The king’s wife, Isabel, is having an affair with Mortimer, a key military commander, while the king has a male lover, Gaveston. Isabel and Mortimer conspire to murder Gaveston and to overthrow the king. Observing the actions of the older generation, the teenage children of the ruling couple learn about both love as a commodity and the usefulness of violence, with terrifying consequences. British composer Sir George Benjamin, who received international acclaim for his 2012 opera Written on Skin, has triumphed again with this turbulent and gripping drama, with a score that critics have hailed as “explosive,” “poetic,” and “masterly.”

Upcoming Dates
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September 2020

Sunday

09/27

1:00 PM

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Wednesday

09/30

7:00 PM

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October 2020

Saturday

10/03

7:30 PM

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Tuesday

10/06

2:00 PM

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Friday

10/09

7:00 PM

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Meet the artists

Georgia Jarman*

Isabel

Stéphane Degout

King

Gyula Orendt*

Gaveston/Traveler

William Burden

Mortimer

Jonas Hacker

Boy/Young King

Elizabeth Sutphen

Witness 1/Singer 1/Woman 1

Zoie Reams

Witness 2/Singer 2/ Woman 2

Sir Andrew Davis

Conductor

Katie Mitchell*

Original Director

Dan Ayling*

Revival Director

Vicki Mortimer

Designer

James Farncombe*

Lighting Designer

Joseph Alford

Original Movement Director

* Lyric debut

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Production sponsors

Zell Family
Foundation

A co-commission and co-production between Lyric Opera of Chicago; Royal Opera House Covent Garden;  Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam; Staatsoper Hamburg; Opéra de Lyon; Gran Teatre del Liceu; and Teatro Real Madrid.

Production photos:c. ROH. Stephen Cummiskey