Benjamin Britten

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Country of Birth:

England

Year of Birth:

1913

Year of Death:

1976

About the composer Benjamin Britten

Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten, OM CH (22 November 1913 - 4 December 1976) was an English composer, conductor, and pianist; and one of the central figures of 20th century British classical music. He showed talent from an early age, and first came to public attention with the a cappella choral work A Boy Was Born in 1934. With the premiere of his opera Peter Grimes in 1945, he leapt to international fame. For the next fifteen years he devoted much of his compositional attention to writing operas, establishing him as one of the leading 20th century figures in this genre. Britten's interests as a composer were wide-ranging; he produced important music in such varied genres as orchestral, choral, solo vocal (much of it written for his life partner, tenor Peter Pears), chamber and instrumental, as well as film music. He also took a great interest in writing music for children and amateur performers, and was an outstanding pianist and conductor.
Britten was born in Lowestoft, Suffolk, on 22 November 1913, the youngest of four children. His father, Robert, was a dentist, and his mother Edith, a talented amateur musician who gave Britten his first lessons in piano and notation. He showed musical gifts very early in life, making his first attempts at composition aged five, and thereafter composing prolifically as a child. He started piano lessons with a teacher from his pre-prep school when aged 7, and viola lessons with Audrey Alston when 10 years old.
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Nathan Gunn Look Through the Port Comes the MoonShine Astray 38360
Look! Through the port
(Billy Budd)
Nathan Gunn
Embroidery Aria from Peter Grimes 39193
Embroidery Aria
(Peter Grimes)
Patricia Racette

Opera Australia s Peter Grimes 46828
Now the Great Bear and Pleiades
(Peter Grimes)
Stuart Skelton
Maltman Within this frail crucible Rape of Lucretia 140589
Within this frail crucible of light
(The Rape of Lucretia)
Christopher Maltman

James Morris Claggart s aria Billy Budd Met 97 143484
O beauty, O handsomeness, goodness
(Billy Budd)
James Morris
Bottom s Dream When my cue comes call me 127853
When my cue comes call me
(A Midsummer Night's Dream)
Randal Turner

Billy Budd Epilogue 152859
We committed his body to the deep
(Billy Budd)
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1Look! Through the port Popularity:

Opera: Billy BuddComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

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2Embroidery Aria Popularity:

Opera: Peter GrimesComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

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3Now the Great Bear and Pleiades Popularity:

Opera: Peter GrimesComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

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4Within this frail crucible of light Popularity:

Opera: The Rape of LucretiaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles:
5O beauty, O handsomeness, goodness Popularity:

Opera: Billy BuddComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: English

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6When my cue comes call me Popularity:

Opera: Midsummer Night's Dream, AComposer: BrittenAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Bottom
7Be kind and courteous Popularity:

Opera: Midsummer Night's Dream, AComposer: BrittenAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Tytania
8We committed his body to the deep Popularity:

Opera: Billy BuddComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

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9Malo malo than a naughty boy Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.05

Type: recitativeVoice: tr S TLanguage: English

Roles: Miles/Governess/Peter Quint
10It is a curious story Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 0

Type: Voice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
11She is here in my own room Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.04

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: English

Roles: Governess/Miss Jessel
12I accept their verdict Popularity:

Opera: Billy BuddComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

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13How beautiful it is Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.08

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Governess
14Go there! Popularity:

Opera: Peter GrimesComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

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15Albert the Good Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Albert Herring
16Come, now a roundel Popularity:

Opera: Midsummer Night's Dream, AComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles:
17Soon the coach will carry you away Popularity:

Opera: Little Sweep, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

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18Time treads upon the hands of women Popularity:

Opera: The Rape of LucretiaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

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19Tarquinius does not dare Popularity:

Opera: The Rape of LucretiaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

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20Flower of this purple dye Popularity:

Opera: Midsummer Night's Dream, AComposer: BrittenAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: countertenorLanguage: English

Roles: Oberon
21God o' Mercy Popularity:

Opera: Billy BuddComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

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22Run, poor sweep boy! Popularity:

Opera: Little Sweep, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles:
23Sweet Moon, I thank thee for thy sunny beams Popularity:

Opera: Midsummer Night's Dream, AComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritone or bassLanguage: English

Roles:
24Let her among you without fault Popularity:

Opera: Peter GrimesComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles:
25Glitter of waves and glitter of sunlight Popularity:

Opera: Peter GrimesComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

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26Asleep, my love? Popularity:

Opera: Midsummer Night's Dream, AComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
27O cruel, cruel case! Popularity:

Opera: Beggar's Opera, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
28O rivers and seas and lakes Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.12

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: English

Roles: Governess/Flora
29Mrs Grose Will she be nice? Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: tr SLanguage: English

Roles: Miles/Flora
30Is this all you can bring Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 2.01

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Lady Billows
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