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Opera by Jesuit-educated writer satirises obsession with youth and beauty

 A new opera with libretto by Glasgow alumnus, Armando Iannucci, premieres in Leeds this Friday. Skin Deep is described as an 'up-to-the-minute satirical operetta about society's obsession with staying young and beautiful'.

Armando, a former student of St Aloysius' College in Glasgow, has collaborated on this work with British composer David Sawer. The story is set in the surgery of cosmetic surgeon, Doktor Needlemeier, whose slogan is 'Putting Right What Nature Got Wrong'.

Skin Deep is being staged by Opera North under their much acclaimed musical director, Richard Farnes. It is being directed by Richard Jones who has staged operas for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and English National Opera, and has won several awards for his productions at the Old Vic and National Theatre.

Armando Iannucci is recognised as being one of the leading writer/performer/producers of the decade, having created and produced On The Hour, The Day Today, Knowing Me, Knowing You... with Alan Partridge, The Thick Of It and The Friday Night Armistice. He is also a regular contributor to The News Quiz and is Visiting Professor of Broadcast Media at Oxford University.

Skin Deep premieres at the Grand Theatre, Leeds, on Friday, 16 January. Click on the Opera North link below to read more and book tickets. You can also see a slide show preview of the operetta with comments by Armando Iannucci and David Sawer by following the link to the BBC News web site.

Source: Jesuit Media Office