After conducting the New York Philharmonic at Bravo! Vail and Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West, Alan Gilbert will head back to Lincoln Center to conduct the U.S. Premiere of George Benjamin’s highly acclaimed Written on Skin — called “the best opera written in twenty years” (Le Monde), “the work of a genius unleashed” (The New Yorker), “psychologically gripping, emotionally heart-pounding and viscerally satisfying drama” (The New York Times) — with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra at the David H. Koch Theater in a Philharmonic–Mostly Mozart Festival co-presentation, August 11–15.
It’s the inaugural project resulting from the Lincoln Center–New York Philharmonic Opera Initiative, created to present fully staged productions of significant modern operas never before seen in New York. It also builds on Alan Gilbert’s run of acclaimed stagings with the Philharmonic, from Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre (2010) to Honegger’s Joan of Arc at the Stake (2015).
Learn more about the production, as well as Alan Gilbert’s thoughts, in this informative Opera News story.