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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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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Fools! Fools! Blundering folls! Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Lady Billows
2I can't remember all Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Albert Herring
3He's dead and gone poor Albert Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles: Mrs. Herring
4I'm hungry, I'm tired Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Sid
5Give me a decent murder with a corpse Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: English

Roles: Budd
6When my cue comes call me Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Bottom
7What would Missus Herring say Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles: Nancy
8I'm grateful to you all Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Albert Herring
9In the midst of life is death Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 3

Type: Voice: Language: English

Roles:
10Who who made you take the letter Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.11

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: English

Roles: Governess/Peter Quint
11Mrs Grose oh Miss you were wright Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.10

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: English

Roles: Mrs. Grose/Governess
12Ah! my friend you have forsaken Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.09

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Governess
13Flora Flora there she is Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.08

Type: recitativeVoice: S S S SLanguage: English

Roles: Mrs. Grose/Governess/Miss Jessel/Flora
14Oh what a clever boy Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.07

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: English

Roles: Governess/Mrs. Grose
15So she has written Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.06

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Peter Quint
16Malo 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
17She is here in my own room Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.04

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: English

Roles: Governess/Miss Jessel
18Oh miss a bright morning Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.03

Type: recitativeVoice: tr S S SLanguage: English

Roles: Miles/Flora/Governess/Mrs. Grose
19Albert the Good Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Albert Herring
20Oh sing unto them a new song Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.02

Type: recitativeVoice: tr SLanguage: English

Roles: Miles/Flora
21Why did you call me Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.01

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: English

Roles: Peter Quint/Miss Jessel
22Is this all you can bring Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 2.01

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Lady Billows
23I'am full of happiness Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Lady Billows
24Be kind and courteous Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Tytania
25Why did she stare. She belongs to Sid Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Albert Herring
26In jurious Hermia Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Helena
27Come along,darling,come follow me quick Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 2

Type: duetVoice: Mz BrLanguage: English

Roles: Nancy/Sid
28Flower of this purple dye Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: countertenorLanguage: English

Roles: Oberon
29Miles Miles ah Miles I'm here Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.13

Type: recitativeVoice: T tr SLanguage: English

Roles: Peter Quint/Miles/Miss Jessel
30O rivers and seas and lakes Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.12

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: English

Roles: Governess/Flora
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