BBC explores George Benjamin in 'Imagine...' documentary

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To coincide with the first TV broadcast of George Benjamin’s opera Lessons in Love and Violence in October, the BBC commissioned a new documentary focused on his life and work as part of their 'Imagine…' series.

Jill Nicholls’ 80-minute film, broadcast on BBC1, tracks the creation of the new opera, which premiered at the Royal Opera House earlier this year, as well as charting Benjamin’s development as a composer, from his early musical memories and studies with Messiaen in Paris to his recent collaboration with Martin Crimp which has so far produced three critically acclaimed operas.

The documentary is available here until 15 November. A bonus interview with George Benjamin can be viewed here. Lessons in Love and Violence is available on the BBC iPlayer until 20 November