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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
61Give me a decent murder with a corpse Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: English

Roles: Budd
62If the heart of a man is depressed with cares Popularity:

Opera: Beggar's Opera, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
63Churchyard's agog with a crowd of folk Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles:
64Oh what a clever boy Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.07

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: English

Roles: Governess/Mrs. Grose
65Tis woman that seduces all mankind Popularity:

Opera: Beggar's Opera, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
66Good wiffe, lett be all this beare Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: English

Roles:
67Mrs Grose oh Miss you were wright Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.10

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: English

Roles: Mrs. Grose/Governess
68Quint 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
69When young at the bar (Ungrateful Macheath!) Popularity:

Opera: Beggar's Opera, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles:
70In jurious Hermia Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Helena
71He's much too busy even to listen Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Albert Herring
72The Journey: Nearly there Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles:
73May Queen! May Queen! Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Lady Billows
74Inkslinger's Song Popularity:

Opera: Paul BunyanComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
75Come along,darling,come follow me quick Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 2

Type: duetVoice: Mz BrLanguage: English

Roles: Nancy/Sid
76How bitter of you Popularity:

Opera: The Rape of LucretiaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: English

Roles:
77What would Missus Herring say Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles: Nancy
78I'm grateful to you all Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Albert Herring
79Oh sing unto them a new song Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.02

Type: recitativeVoice: tr SLanguage: English

Roles: Miles/Flora
80Second Lute Song 'Happy Were He' Popularity:

Opera: GlorianaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
81In the midst of life is death Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 3

Type: Voice: Language: English

Roles:
82O go, go! Go away Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
83Flora 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
84Who who made you take the letter Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.11

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: English

Roles: Governess/Peter Quint
85Virgins are like the fair flower Popularity:

Opera: Beggar's Opera, TheComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles:
86I am your spaniel Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Helena
87Go to sleep, my dolly dear Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles:
88You've just come in time Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Sid
89Meet me at a quarter past eight Popularity:

Opera: Albert HerringComposer: BrittenAct: 1

Type: Voice: Mz BrLanguage: English

Roles: Nancy/Sid
90I had to strike down that Jemmy Legs Popularity:

Opera: Billy BuddComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles:
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