To the editor of THE EAGLE:
I respectfully disagree with Andrew Pincus’ assessment of the George Benjamin opera, "Written on Skin," performed this summer at Tanglewood (Eagle, August 30.)
After the hype I was disappointed. The work was well performed by the TMC fellows but the piece is unmusical. The music couldn’t live up to the text. The bombastic orchestra and the dry recitative were deadening. The Thompson-Stein "Four Saints. . ." is a much more effective modern opera where the music and the text meld beautifully.
But maybe I need to give "Skin" another shot. A full surreal production designed by Max Ernst would also be welcome.