Benjamin Britten

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Benjamin Britten

English composer, conductor, and pianistadd

Category: Music

Born in 1913.

Countries: United Kingdom (43%), United States (16%), (12%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Peter Grimes, Peter Pears, Gloriana

Linked to: Gresham's School, Holt, Royal College of Music, University of East Anglia, London Symphony Orchestra

 

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Britten was born in Lowestoft, Suffolk, on 22 November 1913, the youngest of four children. add something


1928

After examining Britten's work, Bridge took him on as a composition pupil, and the first lesson took place on 10 January 1928, a few weeks after Britten's 14th birthday. add something

 

Gloriana - "'Gloriana"' is an opera in three acts by Benjamin Britten to an English libretto by William Plomer, based on Lytton Strachey's 1928 "Elizabeth and Essex: A Tragic History"


1932

Kitty Carlisle - After returning to New York in 1932 with her mother, she appeared, billed as Kitty Carlisle, on Broadway in several operettas and musical comedies, and in the American premiere of Benjamin Britten's "The Rape of Lucretia"


1933

Anne Macnaghten - The quartet premièred works of several well-known composers as part of the concert series, including "Sinfonietta, Op. 1" by Benjamin Britten in 1933, Tippet's "String Quartet No. 1" in 1935 and works by Gerald Finzi, Elizabeth Maconchy and Alan Rawsthorne


1935

In April 1935, he was approached by the film director Alberto Cavalcanti to write the film score for the documentary The King's Stamp, produced by the GPO Film Unit. add something


1936

Ralph Richardson - Clitterhouse which ran for 492 performances from August 1936, and most of all as Johnson in J. B. Priestley's Johnson Over Jordan directed by Basil Dean, with music by Benjamin Britten.


1937

Of more lasting importance to Britten was his meeting in 1937 with the tenor Peter Pears, who was to become his musical collaborator and inspiration as well as his life partner. add something

 

Frederick Grinke - Salzburg Festival - His first performance with them was at Salzburg Festival in 1937, giving the premiere of "Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge" by Benjamin Britten


1939

In early 1939, Britten and Pears followed Auden to America. add something

 

Alexander Chuhaldin - For the latter program he notably conducted the world premiere of Benjamin Britten's "Young Apollo" on 27 August 1939


1940

There, in 1940, Britten composed Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, the first of many song cycles for Pears. add something

 

Norman Lumsden - He first came to prominence during the 1940s and 1950s in several operas by composer Benjamin Britten, often performing at Covent Garden and the Aldeburgh and Glyndebourne festivals

 

William Walton - Walton was conscious that Britten, with Les Illuminations, the Sinfonia da Requiem, and Peter Grimes in 1945, had produced a series of substantial works, while Walton had produced no major composition since the Violin Concerto in 1939.


1942

Britten and Pears returned to England in 1942, and both applied for recognition as conscientious objectors; Britten was initially refused recognition, but gained it on appeal. add something


1944

Peter Pears - In January 1944 Britten and Pears began a long association with the Decca Record Company, recording four of Britten's folk song arrangements


1945

Reginald Goodall - An early triumph was his conducting of the premiere of Benjamin Britten's "Peter Grimes" in 1945

 

Yehudi Menuhin - Yehudi Menuhin performed for Allied soldiers during World War II, and accompanied English composer Benjamin Britten to perform for inmates of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, after its liberation in April 1945

 

Edith Coates - On June 7, 1945 she portrayed Auntie in the world premiere of Benjamin Britten's "Peter Grimes" at the Sadler's Wells Theatre


1946

Aksel Schiotz - At the Glyndebourne Festival in 1946, he alternated with Peter Pears in the part of 'Male Chorus' in Britten's "The Rape of Lucretia

 

Leonard Treash - He notably portrayed Swallow in the historic American premiere of Benjamin Britten's "Peter Grimes" at the Tanglewood Music Festival under conductor Leonard Bernstein in 1946

 

Terence Weil - His close association with Benjamin Britten began in 1946, when he played in the premiere of "The Rape of Lucretia", at the first post-war season of the Glyndebourne Festival

 

Margaret Ritchie (soprano) - In 1946 she was the first Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia by Benjamin Britten, and in 1947 she was the first Miss Wordsworth in the same composer's Albert Herring

 

Kathleen Ferrier - In 1946, Ferrier made her stage debut, in the Glyndebourne Festival premiere of Benjamin Britten's opera "The Rape of Lucretia"

 

Leonard Bernstein - In 1946, he conducted opera for the first time, with the American première at Tanglewood of Benjamin Britten's "Peter Grimes", which had been a Koussevitzky commission

 

Adrian Boult - On 29 September 1946, Boult conducted Britten's new "Festival Overture", to inaugurate the BBC Third Programme

 

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic - Sargent and the orchestra gave the British premieres of Tippett's First Symphony, and Bartók (Béla_Bartók)'s "Concerto for Orchestra" and, in October 1946, the concert première of Britten's "The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra"


1947

Even in his comic opera Albert Herring of 1947, all feature an 'outsider' character excluded or misunderstood by society. add something

 

However, Britten encountered opposition from sectors of the English musical establishment and gradually withdrew from the London scene, founding the English Opera Group in 1947 and the Aldeburgh Festival the following year, partly to perform his own works. add something

 

Roy Ashton - In 1947, he joined Benjamin Britten's English Opera Group, understudying Peter Pears and creating the role of the Mayor in "Albert Herring"

 

Emelie Hooke - In 1947, she and Joan Cross alternated as the Female Chorus in Benjamin Britten's "The Rape of Lucretia" at the Glyndebourne Festival

 

Maria Curcio - She played privately with Sir Clifford Curzon, who had introduced her to Benjamin Britten, Peter_Pears and their circle in 1947

 

Anne Sharp - English Opera Group - In March 1947 she became a founder member of Benjamin Britten's English Opera Group, singing Britten roles at Glyndebourne, Sadler's Wells, Lucerne, Scheveningen, Oslo and Copenhagen as well as the company's home base at Aldeburgh


1948

John Cook (musician) - He worked as a copyist for Ralph Vaughan Williams on the score of the 1948 film "Scott of the Antarctic" and with Benjamin Britten on his chamber opera "Albert Herring

 

Rose Hill (actress) - In 1948 she sang Lucy in the world premiere of Benjamin Britten's adaptation of "The Beggar's Opera"

 

Jacques Abram - In 1948, Abram gave the American premiere of Benjamin Britten's piano concerto in Salt Lake City, Utah

 

Patricia Neway - In 1948, she returned to Broadway to portray the Female Chorus in the United States premiere of Benjamin Britten's "The Rape of Lucretia", at the Ziegfeld Theatre


1949

From 1949 to 1951 he had his only private pupil, Arthur Oldham. add something

 

William Morton (tenor) - With the CBC he notably performed the title role in the Canadian premiere of Benjamin Britten's "Peter Grimes" in 1949


1950

Ronald Blythe - Aldeburgh Festival - For three years in the late 1950s Blythe worked for Benjamin Britten at the Aldeburgh Festival, editing programmes and doing pieces of translation

 

London Symphony Orchestra - In the 1950s and early 60s EMI generally made its British recordings with the Royal Philharmonic and Philharmonia orchestras; the LSO's recordings were chiefly for Decca, including a Sibelius symphony cycle with Anthony Collins, French music under Monteux, early recordings by Solti, and a series of Britten's major works, conducted by the composer


1951

Marjorie Thomas - Cheltenham Festival - She sang Nancy in "Albert Herring" with Benjamin Britten's English Opera Group at the Cheltenham Festival in 1951

 

Herman Melville - It was adapted as an *award-winning play, produced in 1951 on Broadway; as a notable opera by Benjamin Britten, premiered that same year in London and which became part of the repertory of the New York Metropolitan Opera; and as a 1962 film by Peter Ustinov, based on the play

 

Arnold Matters - At Covent Garden on 26 April 1951 he created the role of the Pilgrim in Ralph Vaughan Williams's "The Pilgrim's Progress", and in 1953 that of Cecil in Benjamin Britten's "Gloriana"

 

Imogen Holst - In July 1951 she resumed her freelance career, and in the autumn of 1952 the composer Benjamin Britten asked her to come to Aldeburgh, Suffolk, to help with his opera "Gloriana"


1953

Britten was appointed a Companion of Honour in the Coronation Honours, 1953. add something

 

Constance Shacklock - In 1953 she shared the title role of Britten's "Gloriana" with Joan Cross

 

Joan Sutherland - In 1953, she sang the role of Lady Rich in Benjamin Britten's "Gloriana" a few months after its world premiere, and created the role of Jennifer in Michael Tippett's "The Midsummer Marriage", on 27 January 1955


1954

Colin Graham - Early in his career, he began a long association with Benjamin Britten, for whom he directed all but one of the composer's stage works, including all of the world premieres after 1954


1957

An increasingly important influence was the music of the East, an interest that was fostered by a tour with Pears in 1957, when Britten was struck by the music of the Balinese gamelan and by Japanese Noh plays. add something

 

Shirley Verrett - In 1957, Verrett made her operatic debut in Britten's "The Rape of Lucretia"

 

Neil Howlett - In 1957, while still at Cambridge, he won the Kathleen Ferrier Award, and in 1964 made his debut in the world premiere performance of Benjamin Britten's "Curlew River"

 

The Prince of the Pagodas - "'The Prince of the Pagodas"' is a ballet created for The Royal Ballet in 1957, by choreographer John Cranko, with music commissioned from Benjamin Britten


1960

His Shakespeare opera, A Midsummer Night's Dream, followed in 1960. add something

 

Peter Pears - Among the highlights of Pears's career in the 1960s was the premiere of Britten's War Requiem in May 1962, marking the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral

 

Thomas Hemsley - In 1960 he created the role of Demetrius in Britten's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with the English Opera Group at Aldeburgh

 

Alfred Deller - In 1960, Deller sang the role of Oberon in Benjamin Britten's opera "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

 

Marjorie Thomas - In 1960, she created the role of Hermia in Benjamin Britten's opera, "A Midsummer Night's Dream", which she performed at its premiere at Aldeburgh, at the Holland festival and Covent Garden

 

Hugh Maguire (violinist) - Through the LSO 1960 and 1961 International Series and Festival Tours, Maguire led the orchestra under Sir Arthur Bliss , Pierre Monteux, Zoltán Kodály, Leopold Stokowski, Aaron Copland, Jean Martinon, Colin Davis, Peter Maag, Josef Krips and Antal Dorati, under Georg Solti in Vienna and Benjamin Britten at Aldeburgh


1961

John Shirley-Quirk - Glyndebourne Festival - He made his operatic debut in Debussy's "Pelléas et Mélisande" at the Glyndebourne Festival in 1961, was a member of the English Opera Group from 1964 - 1976, and was thus prominent in performing and recording the operatic and vocal works of Benjamin Britten

 

Claude Heater - His final performances as a baritone were in 1961 with the San Francisco Opera: Demetrius in Benjamin Britten's "A Midsummer Night's Dream", the boyar Schelkalov in Mussorgsky's "Boris Godunov", Henry Ashton in Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor", Ping in Puccini's "Turandot" and Tom Henney in the premiere of Norman Dello Joio's "Blood Moon"

 

Margreta Elkins - She notably sang Hippolyta in the London premiere of Benjamin Britten's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" , directed by Sir John Gielgud, and portrayed the role of Helen in the world premiere of Michael Tippett's "King Priam" on 29 May 1962 in Coventry


1962

The greatest success of Britten's career was, however, the War Requiem, written for the 1962 consecration of the newly reconstructed Coventry Cathedral. add something


1963

Benjamin Luxon - English Opera Group - Soon afterward he joined composer Benjamin Britten's English Opera Group and on their tour of the Soviet Union in 1963 sang the roles of Sid and Tarquinius in, respectively, Britten's operas "Albert Herring" and "The Rape of Lucretia"

 

Tatiana Troyanos - After a long run in the chorus in the original Broadway production of "The Sound of Music", Troyanos was engaged by the New York City Opera and made her professional operatic debut in April 1963 as Hippolyta in the New York premiere production of Britten's "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

 

Bryan Fairfax - On 22 November 1963, the composer's 50th birthday, he conducted a concert performance of Benjamin Britten's opera "Gloriana", which was the opera's first performance in any form since its inaugural production in 1953


1964

Terence Weil - A 1964 performance of Mozart's Piano Quartet K.478 was filmed in London , with Benjamin Britten , Emanuel Hurwitz and Cecil Aronowitz


1965

He was honoured again by appointment to the Order of Merit on 23 March 1965. add something


1966

Jon Weaving - Returning to Europe in 1966 he was engaged by Benjamin Britten after many Covent Garden auditions for the role of MacHeath in Britten's adaptation of "The Beggar's Opera" and sang this role under the baton of Norman del Mar in London, France and in Montreal at the World Expo in 1967

 

Robert Tear - Robert Tear's operatic début was in 1966, as Peter Quint in Benjamin Britten's "The Turn of the Screw" on the English Opera Group's tour in Britain and Russia

 

William Walton - While he was convalescing, he worked on a one-act comic opera, The Bear, which was premiered at Britten's Aldeburgh Festival, in June 1966, and enthusiastically received.


1967

James Bowman (countertenor) - In 1967, while still a student, he auditioned for Benjamin Britten's English Opera Group


1969

Carlo Maria Giulini - His live recording of Britten's "War Requiem" made in the Royal Albert Hall in 1969 which is available as a BBC Legends recording was a Gramophone *award winner


1970

Peter Pears - In the 1970s Pears created roles in Britten's last two operas, playing General Wingrave in "Owen Wingrave" recorded at Aldeburgh for its premiere, which was on BBC television, and Aschenbach in "Death in Venice"

 

Dmitri Shostakovich - Shostakovich dedicated this score to his close friend Benjamin Britten, who conducted its Western premiere at the 1970 Aldeburgh Festival.

 

Symphony No. 14 (Shostakovich) - The UK premiere was held at the Aldeburgh Festival in 1970 and was conducted by the dedicatee, Benjamin Britten


1971

Geoffrey Tozer - In 1971, aged 16, he stayed with Benjamin Britten for several weeks


1972

Forbes Robinson - His recordings include the Philips recording with Sir Colin Davis of Britten's "Peter Grimes", as Swallow; he may be heard in a live 1972 recording of Arthur Bliss' "The Olympians", in which he plays Joseph Lavatte

 

Graham Johnson (musician) - Johnson has acknowledged a 1972 live recital by Peter Pears and Benjamin Britten as key in directing his musical career ambitions towards being an accompanist


1973

Britten was an accomplished pianist, frequently performing chamber music and accompanying lieder and song recitals. add something

 

Claes-Hakan Ahnsjo - Bavarian State Opera - In 1973, he joined the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, where he sang a large number of lyric roles including Almaviva in "Il barbiere di Siviglia", Nemorino in "L'elisir d'amore", Ernesto in "Don Pasquale", Duke of Mantua in "Rigoletto", Alfredo in "La traviata", Fenton in "Falstaff", Des Grieux in "Manon", Nicias in "Thaïs", David in "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg" and the title role in Britten's "Albert Herring"


1974

Daron Hagen - Hagen began composing prolifically in 1974, when his older brother gave him a recording and score of Benjamin Britten's "Billy Budd"


1976

Benjamin Britten died in 1976 add something

 

Having previously declined a knighthood, Britten accepted a life peerage on 2 July 1976 as Baron Britten, of Aldeburgh in the County of Suffolk. add something

 

Britten died of congestive heart failure on 4 December 1976 add something

 

Peter Pears - After Britten's death in 1976, Pears had the good fortune to find another accompanist with whom he could collaborate fruitfully


1977

A memorial service was held at the Abbey on 10 March 1977, at which the congregation was headed by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother add something


1980

Richard Suart - London Symphony Orchestra - Among Suart's numerous recordings are Giovanni Battista Pergolesi's Miserere No. 2 in C minor ; "Eight Songs for a Mad King" ; Leonard Bernstein's "Candide" with the composer conducting the London Symphony Orchestra ; Mark-Anthony Turnage's "Greek" filmed in 1990; György Ligeti's "Le Grand Macabre" ; Heinrich Marschner's "Der Vampyr" ; Henry Purcell's "The Fairy-Queen" ; Benjamin Britten's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" ; "Cheryomushki" ; Gustav Holst's [GUI


1981

Arnold Voketaitis - Voketaitis remained a regular performer with the NYCO up through 1981, singing such roles as Creon in Igor Stravinsky's "Oedipus rex", Giorgio Germont in Giuseppe Verdi's "La traviata", Olin Blitch in Carlisle Floyd's "Susannah", and Theseus in Benjamin Britten's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" among others


1983

Tim Albery - After directing drama in the British provinces, he directed his first operatic production, Britten's "The Turn of the Screw" for a music festival at Batignano, Italy in 1983


1989

Nathaniel Parker - War Requiem - Other early roles include playing Wilfred Owen in Derek Jarman's "War Requiem", a 1989 film adaptation of Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem", co-starring Laurence Olivier as an old soldier in his last screen role before his death, and playing Edward Rochester in John Duigan's 1993 film adaptation of Jean Rhys' "Wide Sargasso Sea"


1990

Leonard Bernstein - Bernstein made his final performance as a conductor at Tanglewood on August 19, 1990, with the Boston Symphony playing Benjamin Britten's "Four Sea Interludes" from "Peter Grimes", and Beethoven's Seventh Symphony


1991

Brian Asawa - San Francisco Opera - He made his professional opera debut at the San Francisco Opera in 1991 in Hans Werner Henze's "Das verratene Meer" where he sang the Shepherd in "Tosca" and Oberon in Benjamin Britten's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in 1992

 

Tom Sutcliffe (opera critic) - His appearances on television have included a 1991 film about Benjamin Britten in the BBC's "J'Accuse" series


1992

Carpenter's 1992 biography addressed the matter, as did later studies of Britten, most particularly John Bridcut's "Britten's Children" , which concentrates exclusively on this aspect of the composer add something

 

He walked and swam regularly, and kept himself as fit as he could, but Carpenter in his 1992 biography mentions 20 illnesses, a few of them minor but most fairly serious, suffered over the years by Britten, before his final heart complaint developed add something


1994

In 1994 the critic Derrick Puffett wrote that in the 1960s Britten was still regarded with suspicion on account of his technical expertise; Puffett quoted remarks by the Professor of Music at Oxford in the 1960s, Sir Jack Westrup, to the effect that Britten was to be distrusted for his "superficial effects", whereas Tippett, was considered "awkward and technically unskilled but somehow authentic add something

 

Brian Asawa - Glimmerglass Opera - In 1994 he became the first countertenor to win the Plácido Domingo Operalia International Opera Competition, and made debuts at the Metropolitan Opera as the Voice of Apollo in Benjamin Britten's "Death in Venice" and Glimmerglass Opera as Ottone in Claudio Monteverdi's "L'incoronazione di Poppea"

 

Susan Chilcott - The performance which could be described as her major breakthrough, bringing her to the attention of a wider audience, was her interpretation of Ellen Orford in Benjamin Britten's "Peter Grimes" at La Monnaie in Belgium in 1994


1996

Alan Opie - He has recorded for CBS, EMI, Hyperion, Chandos and Decca, winning Grammy *awards in 1996 and 1998 for his involvement in, respectively, recordings of Britten's "Peter Grimes" and Wagner's "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg"

 

Rod Gilfry - Metropolitan Opera - On November 25, 1996, Gilfry made his debut with the Metropolitan Opera as Demetrius in the company's premiere of Britten's "A Midsummer Night's Dream", a role he sang eight times that season


1997

Richard Hickox - In 1997 he won the Grammy *award for Best Opera Recording for his recording of Britten's "Peter Grimes"


1998

Adrian Erod - He won the George London scholarship, and 1998 he was *awarded the Eberhard-Wächter-Medal for his interpretations of the title role in Benjamin Britten's "Billy Budd" and of Count Almaviva in Mozart's "Le nozze di Figaro"


1999

Christine Goerke - Goerke is featured on two Grammy Award winning CDs: the 1999 recording of Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem" with the National Symphony Orchestra and the 2003 recording of Ralph Vaughan Williams's "Sea Symphony" with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra


2000

Ed Spanjaard - In 2000 at the Rotterdam Ahoy he conducted the Nederlands Balletorkest in Verdi's "La traviata" and Britten's "Peter Grimes" with the Nationale Reisopera

 

Sarah Crane - In September 2000, Crane started a one-year contract as a Young Artist with the Opéra national du Rhin in Strasbourg, where she performed the roles of Gretel in Humperdinck's "Hänsel und Gretel" and of The Female Chorus in Britten's "The Rape of Lucretia"


2002

Erin Wall - In July 2002 she made her international debut in London with a performance in the "War Requiem" of Benjamin Britten


2003

Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra - Recent events with the symphony have included a two-year residency from 2003 to 2005 by the Chiara String Quartet; participation in 2009 with a consortium of American orchestras presenting the premiere of Joseph Schwantner's "Chasing Light", made possible through a grant from Ford Motor Company; celebrating the 100th anniversary season with a season-opening Beethoven 9 under the baton of Music Director James Hannon; presenting the North American premiere of the "Temporal Variations for Oboe and Strings" by Benjamin Britten, featuring Philip McKenzie as soloist, conducted


 

In 2005, the Britten-Pears Foundation, in partnership with the University of East Anglia, was awarded funding from the UK ://www add something

 

Tazewell Thompson - He did Benjamin Britten's "Death in Venice" for them in the summer of 2005

 

Axel Kohler - In 2005 he followed with "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by Benjamin Britten

 

Chad Shelton - In 2005 he made his debut with the Opéra national de Lorraine as Tamino. He returned there in 2006 to sing the role of Guido Bardi in Alexander von Zemlinsky's "Eine florentinische Tragödie", and again in 2008 to sing Lysander in Benjamin Britten's "A Midsummer Night's Dream"


2006

Buxton Festival - In 2006 it presented eight operas ranging from Mozart's early "Apollo and Hyacinth" to Dmitri Shostakovich's "The Nose", but including works by Telemann, Monteverdi, Gluck, Britten and Bizet

 

Jim Sharman - In 2006, he revived his landmark staging of Benjamin Britten's "Death In Venice" for Opera Australia


2007

Jonathan Kent (director) - Glyndebourne Festival Opera - In 2007 Kent directed Richard Strauss' "Elektra" at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg and Benjamin Britten's "The Turn of the Screw" for the Glyndebourne Festival Opera in its 2007 season

 

Ian Bostridge - In 2007 he appeared at the ENO in the role of Aschenbach in Britten's "Death in Venice", in a production by Deborah Warner


2009

Alan Bennett - At the National Theatre in late 2009 Nicholas Hytner directed Bennett's play "The Habit of Art", about the relationship between the poet W.H. Auden and the composer Benjamin Britten

 

Ian Bostridge - War Requiem - On 11 November 2009 Bostridge sang "Agnus Dei" from Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem", at the Armistice Day service in Westminster Abbey


2010

Adrian Erod - The opera season 2010/2011 he will sing Figaro , Jason , Dr Falke , Albert , Loge , Valentin and the title role in Benjamin Britten's "Billy Budd" at Wiener Staatsoper


2011

Neil Shicoff - A regular at Wiener Staatsoper he continues to triumph mostly in the verismo repertoire, but in February 2011 he repeated his huge success in the role of Captain Vere in Benjamin Britten's "Billy Budd" which he sang in the company premiere of the opera in 2002


2012

In September 2012, to mark the composer's forthcoming centenary, the Britten-Pears Foundation launched "Britten 100" at the Britten Theatre add something

 

Henry Purcell - The 2012 film "Moonrise Kingdom" contains Benjamin Britten's version of the Rondeau in Purcell's "Abdelazar" created for his 1946 "The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra"

 

Mitsuko Uchida - In May 2012, the Royal Philharmonic Society announced that she would be honored with their Gold Medal ; previous recipients have included Johannes Brahms , Frederick Delius and Sir Edward Elgar , Richard Strauss , Igor Stravinsky , Benjamin Britten and Leonard Bernstein


2013

A more recent controversy was the statement in a 2013 biography of Britten by Paul Kildea that the composer's heart failure was due to undetected syphilis, which Kildea speculates was a result of Pears's promiscuity while the two were living in New York add something

 

Decca's first major commercial success with Britten came the following year, with "Peter Grimes", which has, at 2013, never been out of the catalogues since its first release add something

 

The catalogue includes numerous unpublished works and is expected, when completed in 2013, to include around 1,200 works add something

 

"The Turn of the Screw" the following year was an unqualified success; together with "Peter Grimes" it became, and at 2013 remained, one of the two most frequently performed of Britten's operas add something

 

In London, the opening night of the Proms, on 12 July 2013, featured a performance of the "Four Sea Interludes" from "Peter Grimes" add something

 

Ian Bostridge - War Requiem - In 2013 he performed as part of the Barbican Britten centenary festival in London, and released a new recording of the composer's "War Requiem"

 

Richard Jones (director) - New York City Opera - In 2013, Jones directed the production of Benjamin Britten's opera "Gloriana" at The Royal Opera House in London; in addition, there was the American premiere of the opera "Anna Nicole" at New York City Opera in September


2016

The British Film Institute, accessed 11 June 2016 "A Time There Was" ; and "Nocturne" add something


2019

War Requiem - In 2019, Britten's "War Requiem" was selected by the U.S. Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for being "culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant" add something