Owen Wingrave

(1971)

by Benjamin Britten

Description
Opera in two acts based on the short story by Henry James
Duration
106
Genres
Opera
Text
Myfanwy Piper based on the short story by Henry James
Instrumentation
2(II=picc).2.2(II=bcl+Ebcl).2(II=cbsn) - 2221 - timp -perc(3): SD/2 TD/BD/wdbl/whip/2 susp.cym/cyms/smallgong/tom-t/vib/xyl/tamb - pno - harp - strings
Singer Text
Owen Wingrave(Bar), Spencer Coyle(B-Bar),Lechmere(T),MissWingrave(S),Mrs Coyle(S),Mrs Julian(S),Kate(MS),General Sir Philip Wingrave(T),Ballad Singer(T)
Languages
English, German
First Performance
May 1971, BBC Television: First staged performance: May 1973, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Availability

Study score 0-571-51542-8, vocal score (eng/ger) 0-571-50502-3,libretto (eng) 0-571-50299-7 on sale, full score and parts for hire

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'Owen Wingrave' reviews and synopsis

‘Britten has packed his most skillful craftsmanship into Owen Wingrave. He uses a handful of musical techniques; among them, a percussive motif representing the military tradition of the Wingrave family, and a sequence of plain chords that recall Billy Budd for the pacifist beliefs of Owen himself.’ The Financial Times (Gillian Widdicombe) Read more

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