Owen Wingrave


by Benjamin Britten

Opera in two acts based on the short story by Henry James
Myfanwy Piper based on the short story by Henry James
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)
English, German
First Performance
May 1971, BBC Television: First staged performance: May 1973, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

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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