Benjamin Britten

Princeton Festival Presents Benjamin Britten Comic Opera

Princeton Festival took on an immense operatic production this past weekend to start the second week of the Festival’s cornucopia of activities. Benjamin Britten’s 1946 comic chamber opera Albert Herring was mammoth not just because of cast size or length but in its complexity of vocal demands and orchestration. The Festival opened Albert Herring Friday night (the opera was repeated Sunday night) to an extremely appreciative audience in the Festival’s performance tent at Morven Museum and Gardens.

Benjamin Britten to be honoured with statue in Lowestoft

A fundraising campaign for a statue to commemorate composer Benjamin Britten in the town of his birth has started. Almost £100,000 is needed to be raised for the sculpture of the composer as a boy, that will look out to sea at Lowestoft, Suffolk. It will be made by...
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Ruth Leon recommends…Death in Venice – Benjamin Britten – ENO

In Britten’s luminous and compelling interpretation of Thomas Mann’s classic novella, the ageing writer Gustav von Aschenbach’s infatuation with the Polish boy Tadzio and his subsequent decline are portrayed in a harrowingly believable performance by John Graham-Hall, who had already won golden opinions for singing the role of Aschenbach at La Scala.

ON THIS DAY | English Composer Benjamin Britten Was Born in 1913

Praised for his English operas, which were regarded as some of the finest since those of Henry Purcell in the 17th century, Britten was known for his crafted play on English words, orchestral interludes, and theatrical characterization. His signature works include operas: "Peter Grimes," "Billy Budd," and "The Turn of the Screw."