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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
1So she has written Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.06

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Peter Quint
2Mrs Grose Will she be nice? Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: tr SLanguage: English

Roles: Miles/Flora
3I'm like a skiff on the ocean tossed Popularity:

Opera: Beggar's Opera, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles:
4O rivers and seas and lakes Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.12

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: English

Roles: Governess/Flora
5Give me a decent murder with a corpse Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: English

Roles: Budd
6If love the virgin's heart invade Popularity:

Opera: Beggar's Opera, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles:
7Man may escape from rope and gun Popularity:

Opera: Beggar's Opera, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
8I, like a ship in storms, was tossed Popularity:

Opera: Beggar's Opera, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles:
9The Journey: Nearly there Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles:
10How bitter of you Popularity:

Opera: The Rape of LucretiaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: English

Roles:
11Nearly there Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.01

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Governess
12Meet me at a quarter past eight Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 1

Type: Voice: Mz BrLanguage: English

Roles: Nancy/Sid
13Flower of this purple dye Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: countertenorLanguage: English

Roles: Oberon
14Miss a letter for you Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.05

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: English

Roles: Governess/Mrs. Grose
15Why did you call me Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.01

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: English

Roles: Peter Quint/Miss Jessel
16Glitter of waves and glitter of sunlight Popularity:

Opera: Peter GrimesComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles:
17I'm hungry, I'm tired Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Sid
18In the midst of life is death Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 3

Type: Voice: Language: English

Roles:
19Tickling a trout poaching a hare Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 1.02

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Sid
20God o' Mercy Popularity:

Opera: Billy BuddComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
21Thus gamesters united in friendship Popularity:

Opera: Beggar's Opera, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles:
22If the heart of a man is depressed with cares Popularity:

Opera: Beggar's Opera, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
23Is this all you can bring Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 2.01

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Lady Billows
24Albert the Good Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Albert Herring
25Sweet Moon, I thank thee for thy sunny beams Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: baritone or bassLanguage: English

Roles:
26Ah! Blackguards! Popularity:

Opera: Little Sweep, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles:
27Now then notebook Florence Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 1.01

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Lady Billows
28Malo 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
29Good morning young man Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: English

Roles: Florence Pike
30Asleep, my love? Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
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