Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten

Composer, Lyricist


Biography


Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten, OM, CH (22 November 1913 – 4 December 1976) was an English composer, conductor and pianist. He was a central figure of 20th-century British classical music, with a range of works including opera, other vocal music, orchestral and chamber pieces. His best-known works include the opera Peter Grimes (1945), the War Requiem (1962) and the orchestral showpiece The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (1945).

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Shows by Benjamin Britten

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In the small town of Loxford in East Sussex, the old-fashioned autocrat Lady Billows is in a tizzy. She has assembled a committee of the most important people in town to try to find a suitable Queen for their annual May Day... read more

Billy Budd is proud to be a new sailor aboard the H.M.S. Indomitable. Nevertheless, Billy's strength, confidence, and ability threaten the evil Master-at-arms, John Claggart. Claggart takes it upon himself to have his lacke... read more

Curlew River is based on the Japanese noh play Sumidagawa of Juro Motomasa . The story is told through four main characters who, in the style of Noh theatre, are all performed by male singers. The madwoman and traveler wish... read more

In Death in Venice, the German writer, Aschenbach, decides to travel to Venice. Upon his arrival, he starts to lust after a young Polish boy, Tadzio. He becomes obsessed with the boy. When he hears of a cholera outbreak in... read more

Gloriana depicts the relationship between Queen Elizabeth I of England and the Earl of Essex. In the beginning of the opera, The Earl of Essex is the favorite of the Queen. By the end, he attempts to organize a rebellion ag... read more

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a story of four interconnecting plots, all leading to the celebration of the wedding of Duke Theseus and the Amazon Queen, Hippolyta. We see the fairy King, Oberon, and his wife, Tytania, quarrel... read more

The opera focuses on a group of lumberjacks in early America. The men, brought in from countries around the world, must work together to find a foreman and deal with the many difficulties of life in the New World. The giant... read more

The tragic story of Peter Grimes revolves around the tormented title character, a fisherman who finds himself shunned by the rest of his small village.  At once the protagonist and the anti-hero, Grimes is gruff and unpopular... read more

The Rape of Lucretia revolves around a bet made between three Roman officers, Collatinus, Junius, and Prince Tarquinius, while they are at war with Greece. The three men bet on which of their wives will be faithful. As it tur... read more

Written in 1954, The Turn of the Screw is the last of Benjamin Britten’s chamber operas, based on the gothic horror novella of the same title.  A sheltered young governess is sent to care for two children in a country house c... read more

Overview

Nationality
English
Born
11/22/1913
Died
12/4/1976
Show Categories
Opera, Operetta
Genres
Comedy, Drama, Horror

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