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Benjamin Britten was the finest opera composer that England has ever produced. And his other masterpieces – including the War Requiem, concertos, and countless songs – reveal a composer of extraordinary skill and originality.
After a Glyndebourne tour of Britten's Rape of Lucretia lost a lot of money, Britten and friends set up the English Opera Group to produce and commission new English works, presenting them throughout the country. Britten wrote his opera Albert Herring for the group in 1947. While on tour in Herring, Peter Pears came up with the idea of mounting a festival in the Suffolk seaside town of Aldeburgh, where Britten had moved earlier in the year, and which became his principal residence for the rest of his life. Photo: Programme for First Aldeburgh Festival by Nigel Luckhurst. Image courtesy of www.britten100.org.
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