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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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Opera Australia s Peter Grimes 46828
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Maltman Within this frail crucible Rape of Lucretia 140589
Within this frail crucible of light
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Christopher Maltman

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Billy Budd Epilogue 152859
We committed his body to the deep
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61Who who made you take the letter Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.11

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: English

Roles: Governess/Peter Quint
62Ah! my dear you look so white Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.10-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: English

Roles: Mrs. Grose/Governess
63Quint Peter Quint the master's valet Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.10-2

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: English

Roles: Mrs. Grose/Governess
64Go to sleep, my dolly dear Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

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65Lost in my labyrinth Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

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66The Journey: Nearly there Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

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67God o' Mercy Popularity:

Opera: Billy BuddComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

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68I accept their verdict Popularity:

Opera: Billy BuddComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

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69I am an old man Popularity:

Opera: Billy BuddComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

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70I had to strike down that Jemmy Legs Popularity:

Opera: Billy BuddComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

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71Jemmy Legs likes me Popularity:

Opera: Billy BuddComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

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72Look! Through the port Popularity:

Opera: Billy BuddComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

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73O beauty, O handsomeness, goodness Popularity:

Opera: Billy BuddComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: English

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74We committed his body to the deep Popularity:

Opera: Billy BuddComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

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75How bitter of you Popularity:

Opera: The Rape of LucretiaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: English

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76Within this frail crucible of light Popularity:

Opera: The Rape of LucretiaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

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77She sleeps as a rose Popularity:

Opera: The Rape of LucretiaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

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78Time treads upon the hands of women Popularity:

Opera: The Rape of LucretiaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

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79Give him this orchid Popularity:

Opera: The Rape of LucretiaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

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80Here the thirsty ev'ning has drunk the wine of light Popularity:

Opera: The Rape of LucretiaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

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81Tarquinius does not dare Popularity:

Opera: The Rape of LucretiaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

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82Caution is better, Sweet Highness (Cecil's Song of Government) Popularity:

Opera: GlorianaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

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83As your Highness commands Popularity:

Opera: GlorianaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: English

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84Second Lute Song 'Happy Were He' Popularity:

Opera: GlorianaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

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85Soliloquy and Prayer: On rivalries 'tis safe for kings Popularity:

Opera: GlorianaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

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86If the heart of a man is depressed with cares Popularity:

Opera: Beggar's Opera, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

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87I, like a ship in storms, was tossed Popularity:

Opera: Beggar's Opera, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

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88If love the virgin's heart invade Popularity:

Opera: Beggar's Opera, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

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89Man may escape from rope and gun Popularity:

Opera: Beggar's Opera, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

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90O cruel, cruel case! Popularity:

Opera: Beggar's Opera, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

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