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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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Nathan Gunn Look Through the Port Comes the MoonShine Astray 38360
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(Billy Budd)
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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)
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Maltman Within this frail crucible Rape of Lucretia 140589
Within this frail crucible of light
(The Rape of Lucretia)
Christopher Maltman

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O beauty, O handsomeness, goodness
(Billy Budd)
James Morris
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When my cue comes call me
(A Midsummer Night's Dream)
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Billy Budd Epilogue 152859
We committed his body to the deep
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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
61Give him this orchid Popularity:

Opera: The Rape of LucretiaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles:
62When my cue comes call me Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Bottom
63Now the Great Bear and Pleiades Popularity:

Opera: Peter GrimesComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
64Embroidery Aria Popularity:

Opera: Peter GrimesComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles:
65Look! Through the port Popularity:

Opera: Billy BuddComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles:
66O cruel, cruel case! Popularity:

Opera: Beggar's Opera, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
67I know a bank where wild thyme blows Popularity:

Opera: Midsummer Night's Dream, AComposer: BrittenAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: countertenorLanguage: English

Roles: Oberon
68Ah! 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
69Herring's teh name..clean as new mown Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: English

Roles: Budd
70Dr Jessop's midwife musn't touch illegit Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: English

Roles: Florence Pike
71On lifetime one brain Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: English

Roles: Florence Pike
72You must be mrs Grose Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.04

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: English

Roles: Mrs. Grose/Governess
73Why did she stare. She belongs to Sid Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Albert Herring
74See how sweetly he plays Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.07

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: English

Roles: Governess/Mrs. Grose
75Here the thirsty ev'ning has drunk the wine of light Popularity:

Opera: The Rape of LucretiaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
76He's dead and gone poor Albert Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles: Mrs. Herring
77Many nouns in is we find Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.11

Type: recitativeVoice: S tr SLanguage: English

Roles: Flora/Miles/Governess
78As your Highness commands Popularity:

Opera: GlorianaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: English

Roles:
79Oh what a clever boy Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.07

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: English

Roles: Governess/Mrs. Grose
80Good wiffe, lett be all this beare Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: English

Roles:
81Mrs Grose oh Miss you were wright Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.10

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: English

Roles: Mrs. Grose/Governess
82When young at the bar (Ungrateful Macheath!) Popularity:

Opera: Beggar's Opera, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles:
83In jurious Hermia Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Helena
84Quint 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
85He's much too busy even to listen Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Albert Herring
86May Queen! May Queen! Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Lady Billows
87Come along,darling,come follow me quick Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 2

Type: duetVoice: Mz BrLanguage: English

Roles: Nancy/Sid
88Oh sing unto them a new song Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.02

Type: recitativeVoice: tr SLanguage: English

Roles: Miles/Flora
89Second Lute Song 'Happy Were He' Popularity:

Opera: GlorianaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
90I'm grateful to you all Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Albert Herring
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