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Britten’s Operas (List)

Benjamin Britten (1913–1976) is one of the great British composers. Concertgoers are probably most familiar with Britten’s War Requiem, which has been one of the most important works for chorus and orchestra since its premiere in 1962.

But Benjamin Britten was also productive in the field of opera: his best-known stage works are probably Peter Grimes and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In addition, however, he created many other pieces for the opera stage.

In this list you will find all operas by Benjamin Britten with the year of the premiere.

TitleYear of Premiere
Paul Bunyan1941
Peter Grimes1945
The Rape of Lucretia1946
Albert Herring1947
The Beggar's Opera1948
Let's Make an Opera (The Little Sweep)1949
Billy Budd1951
The Turn of the Screw1954
Noye's Fludde1958
A Midsummer Night's Dream1960
Curlew River1964
The Burning Fiery Furnace1966
The Prodigal Son1968
Owen Wingrave1971
Death in Venice1973
Jonathan Stark – Conductor
Jonathan Stark – Conductor

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