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Gloriana

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Composer:

Benjamin Britten

Librettist:

William Plomer

Premiere:

8 June 1953

Language:

English

Synopsis:

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About the opera Gloriana

Gloriana is an opera in three acts by Benjamin Britten to an English libretto by William Plomer, based on Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey. The first performance was presented at the Royal Opera House, London in 1953 during the celebrations of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
Gloriana was the name given by the 16th century poet Edmund Spenser to his character representing Queen Elizabeth I in his poem The Faerie Queene. It became the popular name given to Elizabeth I. It is recorded that the troops at Tilbury hailed her with cries of "Gloriana, Gloriana, Gloriana", after the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588.
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Roles in Gloriana

Queen Elizabeth Soprano
Robert Devereux Tenor
Frances Mezzo-Soprano
Charles Blount Baritone
Penelope Soprano
Sir Robert Cecil Baritone
Sir Walter Raleigh Bass
Henry Cuffe Baritone

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Arias from Gloriana

Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Caution is better, Sweet Highness (Cecil's Song of Government) Popularity:

Opera: GlorianaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

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2As your Highness commands Popularity:

Opera: GlorianaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: English

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3Second Lute Song 'Happy Were He' Popularity:

Opera: GlorianaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

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4Soliloquy and Prayer: On rivalries 'tis safe for kings Popularity:

Opera: GlorianaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

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