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Opera `Gloriana` (1953), op. 53 (Britten)

Benjamin Britten (1913–1976)

Opera `Gloriana` (1953) op. 53

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Opera in three acts, op. 53
Revised: May-Jul 1966
First performance: 8 Jun 1953
Text: William Plomer (1903-1973), after ``Elizabeth and Essex`` by Lytton Strachey (1880-1932)
Duration: 148.0`...Read more
Opera in three acts, op. 53
Revised: May-Jul 1966
First performance: 8 Jun 1953
Text: William Plomer (1903-1973), after ``Elizabeth and Essex`` by Lytton Strachey (1880-1932)
Duration: 148.0`
Dedication: `This work is dedicated by gracious permission to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, in honour of whose Coronation it was composed`

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Elizabeth I - Josephine Barstow, Essex - Philip Langridge, Lady Essex - Della Jones, Mountjoy - Jonathan Summers, Cecil - Alan Opie, Lady Penelope Rich - Yvonne Kenny, Raleigh - Richard Van Allan, Henry Cuffe - Bryn Terfel, Lady in Waiting - Janice Watson, Ballad Singer - Willard White, Recorder of Norwich - John Shirley-Quirk, Spirit of the Masque - John Mark Ainsley
Welsh National Opera Orchestra. Conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras. Decca 1993
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abyrvalg
  All know that there is nowadays well English Queen Elizabeth the second but very few
people know (or nearly nobody knows) that when she in 1953 was crowned in Westminster
abbey, besides carrying out for centuries of the ceremony consecrated with traditions,
decided to recreate court conservative splendor, which somewhere bylya nearly since
dominion Styuartov, namely: this tradition was specially included in structure of
coronation celebrations of the prime minister of the opera `Gloriana` written on this
occasion, as many know, goes even since in general first emergence of the opera as genre,
and not only the opera.
Of course, chose for writing of the opera of the composer of England most famous at that
time - Britten who, in turn, elected as the main character of the composition too the
English queen, but already Elizabeth the first, that is known as `queen-virgin` (of
course, in physical she the virgin was not, but this myth was pleasant to the people and
now it is pleasant). Of course, result of such special order all expected something in the
spirit of `Life for the tsar` with a magnificent, servile and political and politically
correct plot, a such toast to the queen. And what Britten does? Alas, the composer was
deaf to any career insinuations as regards a gain of a position of the chief composer of
Britain and it was politically indifferent. By no means not eternally young virgin
appeared on a scene, and the winner of all enemies of England, and the old, exhausted with
life woman who besides was not absolutely happy in love, having done in the last love -
the column of Essex, Roberta Devero (by the way, this story of dashing love of the queen
to the count reflected even before Donizetti in the opera `Maria Stewart`). And when at
the count the head from an executioner`s block swept, and the queen became thoughtful
about the life sorrow.
Essex permanent Peter Pearce naturally played and sang. Generally, all court aglitsky
nobility uvidat this opera and was terrified. Also was from what. Same SEDITION and REVOLT
from Britten, but not the opera.
But, it is asked, what revolt from the timid composer, the honest slogger and it was not
inclined to creative revolt. Was to kindle the anti-British passions too not in its blood,
but that the composer did not divide idealized and partly the mythologized historical
England is yes, was; and he as the true artist seriously was engaged in national culture
and history of the country, it was absorbed completely by the musical past of England,
native Melos, ballads, church anthems, etc.
And it is natural that it as the honest and serious artist-composer simply wrote the
opera without any heroic tinsel, carelessly that is called on faces and the history of the
human and vulnerable queen was more important for it than momentary doubtful dividends
from hurrah - the opera, patriotic in glory of England. Especially as `Gloriana` was not a
caricature on Elizabeth the first at all as it was apprehended at a ceremony.
But, as they say, there were prophets in the fatherland and, eventually, Britten was made
in peers of England. And why and not to welcome, after all the composer was value size.
gutta
  wrote of abyrvalg: ... Elizabeth the first, that is known as `queen-virgin` (of course,
in physical she the virgin was not, but this myth was pleasant to the people and now it is
pleasant)...
And it is natural that it as the honest and serious artist-composer simply wrote the
opera...
and, eventually, Britten was made in peers of England. And why and not to welcome, after
all the composer was value size. Mysterious, with a literal turn (?) the final phrase
sets thinking... really the monarchy so corrupts, what gays become peers in exchange for a
plot about the virgin on a throne?
abyrvalg
  wrote of abyrvalg: after all the composer was value size. ...... size of world value,
of course.
gutta
  wrote of abyrvalg: ...... size of world value, of course. the Former option was more
interesting, I - is serious.
abyrvalg
  wrote of gutta: . really the monarchy so corrupts, what gays become peers in exchange
for a plot about the virgin on a throne? Well, gays in England were not only peers, but
also kings, remember Eduard the second. So they even with it have certain traditions.
 
 

 
 
     
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