Photographs taken by Jim Lynch

Music by Benjamin Britten, libretto by Ronald Duncan, after the play by André Obey

Dominic Wheeler conductor
Martin Lloyd-Evans director
Jamie Vartan designer
Mark Jonathan lighting designer

“Written as a post-war statement about moral injustice, suffering and the abuse of power, Britten’s 1946 chamber opera has lost none of its power to shock, anger and cause controversy over the 70 years since its premiere, particularly in its ambiguous refraction of its harrowing story through a Christian “lens”.

Its themes resonate as powerfully as ever and present singers and instrumentalists with a technically and emotionally exacting challenge.” – Barbican press release


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