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Kent Nagano conducts George Benjamin premiere in Hamburg

Kent Nagano, General Music Director of the Hamburg State Opera, will conduct the German premiere of George Benjamin’s opera Lessons in Love and Violence staged by Katie Mitchell with the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra on 7 April 2019. The work is a co-commission with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (world premiere 10 May 2018), De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, Opéra de Lyon, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona and the Teatro Real Madrid. Additional performance dates in Hamburg include 10, 13 and 18 April.
Lessons in Love and Violence tells a story of blood, power, dynasty, jealousy, treason and sex. All those themes, found in plays by Shakespeare and Marlowe, have been stirred by playwright Martin Crimp and composer George Benjamin into a musical frame: hot and cold, passionate and restrained. Find further information on the new production at the Hamburg State Opera here. The premiere will be broadcast live on NDR Kultur at 18.00 CET. Click here to listen live.
On Friday, 5 April, the Elbphilharmonie will host a public discussion with Kent Nagano and George Benjamin including live music by the composer himself and with chamber works by Mahler, Messiaen and others. Find here more information on the event.