George Benjamin conducts his brand new opera

Lessons in Love and Violence

George Benjamin, De Nationale Opera

A king is forced to choose between love and the harsh reality of politics. He makes a fatal decision, after which his people and his family gruesomely turn on him. George Benjamin is the composer in focus at this year's festival, reflecting especially on his journey through the world of song and music theatre, building up to this new opera. Lessons in Love and Violence (2018), coproduced with Dutch National Opera, is conducted by the composer himself. Director Katie Mitchell and librettist Martin Crimp are also returning. The casts consists of baritone Stéphane Degout and tenor Peter Hoare as well as top soprano Barbara Hannigan.


music, musical direction
George Benjamin
Martin Crimp
stage director
Katie Mitchell
set and costumes
Vicki Mortimer
James Farncombe
director of movement
Joseph Alford
Radio Filharmonisch Orkest
Stéphane Degout, Barbara Hannigan, Gyula Orendt, Peter Hoare, Andri Björn Róbertsson, Jennifer France, Krisztina Szabo, Samuel Boden
De Nationale Opera
De Nationale Opera, Royal Opera House - Covent Garden (London), Hamburgische Staatsoper, Opera national de Lyon, Lyric Opera, (Chicago), Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona), Teatro Real (Madrid)