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Britten's operas form perhaps the most substantial and important part of his compositional legacy. Nearly all have firmly established themselves in the repertory and, as a whole, the series has come to be recognised as one of the most significant contributions to twentieth-century British music.  ~ Text © courtesy of the Britten-Pears Foundation

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Noye’s Fludde

Boosey & Hawkes
For adults' and children's voices, children's chorus, chamber ensemble and children's orchestra A,BBar,speaker; children's roles: 3Tr,3S,chorus
Instrumentation: Professional orchestra:treble recorder-pft(4hands)-org-timp- string quintet; OR
Amateur/children's orchestra: recorder band-bugles- perc.band-bells-strings
Duration: 50 mins

 

Death in Venice

Faber Music
Opera in 2 acts based on the short story by Thomas Mann
Instrumentation: 2(=picc).2.2(II=bcl).2 - 2221 - timp - perc(5): 2 SD/2 TD/2 BD/tuned drum/3 tom-t/3 ch.dr/small drum/cyms/2 susp.cym/pair small cym/tamb/wdbl/tgl/2 whip/2 tunedgong/2 tam-t/wind machine/bells/bell tree/crot/vib/2 glsp/2 xyl/mar - pno - harp - strings (min 6.4.3.3.2)
Duration: 145 mins

 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Boosey & Hawkes
Opera in 3 Acts
Instrumentation: 2(=picc).2.2(II=bcl).2 - 2221 - timp - perc(5): 2 SD/2 TD/2 BD/tuned drum/3 tom-t/3 ch.dr/small drum/cyms/2 susp.cym/pair small cym/tamb/wdbl/tgl/2 whip/2 tunedgong/2 tam-t/wind machine/bells/bell tree/crot/vib/2 glsp/2 xyl/mar - pno - harp - strings (min 6.4.3.3.2)
Duration: 144 mins

 

The Little Sweep

Boosey & Hawkes
Opera arranged for piano duet and percussion
Adult roles:2S,A,T,B; children's roles:4Tr,2S; audience participation
Instrumentation: perc(1):timp/BD/SD/gong/cyms/tgl/cast/lg & sm wdbl-pft(4hands) This work can be performed with the introductory play 'Let's Make An Opera' (see below)
Duration: 45 mins

 

Let's Make an Opera

Boosey & Hawkes
An Entertainment for Young People
Adult roles:2S,A,T,B; children's roles:4Tr,2S; audience participation
Instrumentation: perc(1):timp/BD/SD/gong/cyms/tgl/cast/lge & sm wdbl-pft(4hands)-solo string quintet (also arranged for piano duet with or without percussion)
The first two acts are in the form of a play illustrating the preparation and rehearsal of 'The Little Sweep', the opera which is performed in the third act
Duration: 130 mins

 

 

 

 

   

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