Category Archives: Opera

Listening to Britten – Suite from Death in Venice, Op.88b

[title not known], from Death In Venice (1972) by John Piper. (c) The Piper Estate. Image used courtesy of the Tate Gallery. Suite from Death in Venice, Op.88b – arranged by Steuart Bedford from the opera in two acts, Op.88b … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Death in Venice, Op.88

[title not known], from Death In Venice (1972) by John Piper. (c) The Piper Estate. Image used courtesy of the Tate Gallery. Death in Venice – Opera in two acts, Op.88 (December 1971 – March 1973, Britten aged 59) Dedication … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Owen Wingrave, Op.85

Benjamin Britten conducting the recording of Owen Wingrave. Used courtesy of the BBC Owen Wingrave – Opera in two acts, Op.85 (April 1969 – August 1970, Britten aged 56) Dedication Joan and Isador Caplan (Isador was solicitor and legal adviser … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – The Prodigal Son, Op.81

The Return of the Prodigal Son by Rembrandt (1663-1665). Image courtesy of Wikipedia The Prodigal Son, Op.81, a third parable for church performance (November 1967 – April 1968, Britten aged 54) Dedication for Dmitri Shostakovich Text William Plomer, after Luke … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Choral Dances from Gloriana

‘Take that you wastrel!’ – Gloriana by Jane Mackay, her personal response to the music. Used with many thanks to the artist, whose work can be viewed on her own website Sounding Art Choral Dances from Gloriana for tenor solo, … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – The Burning Fiery Furnace, Op.77

Design for East Window of the Chapel of St. John’s Hospital, Lichfield by John Piper (1960s). (c) The Piper Estate The Burning Fiery Furnace, Op.77, a second parable for church performance (October 1965 – 5 April 1966, Britten aged 52) … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Curlew River, Op.71

Tickencote, Rutland: the Norman Chancel Arch by John Piper (1964). (c) The Piper Estate Curlew River, Op.71, a parable for church performance (January – 26 March 1964, Britten aged 50) Dedication To Michael Tippett, in friendship and admiration Text William … Continue reading

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