Benjamin Britten *XI 22 1913 — The Life You Give

Benjamin Britten, born Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten Of Aldeburgh, November 22, 1913, in Lowestoft, Suffolk, England, is the composer of the mid-20th century, whose operas were considered the finest English operas since those of Henry Purcell in the 17th century. He was also an outstanding pianist and conductor.Britten composed as a child and at… Continue reading Benjamin Britten *XI 22 1913 — The Life You Give

“Peter Grimes” by Benjamin Britten

Join us in listening to this opera, in celebration of Benjamin Britten’s birthday today, at 1pm EST, at the Opera, Blood and Tears Club, on Clubhouse. Music: Benjamin BrittenLibretto: Montague Slater Musicians:Benjamin Britten - conductorPeter Pears - peter grimesClaire Watson - ellen orfordJames Pease - capitän balstrodeJean Watson - auntieDavid Kelly - hobsonOwen Brannigan -… Continue reading “Peter Grimes” by Benjamin Britten

Words from the Opera — When horror breaks one heart, all hearts are broken

Balstrode:We’ll find him, maybe give a hand. Ellen:We have no power to help him now. Balstrode:We have the power. We have the power.In the black momentWhen your friend suffersUnearthly tormentWe cannot turn our backs.When horror breaks one heartAll hearts are broken. From the opera “Peter Grimes“ op. 33 (premiered 1945)Composer: Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)Librettist: Montagu SlaterFrom… Continue reading Words from the Opera — When horror breaks one heart, all hearts are broken