"What Harbor Shelters Peace?"
When Benjamin Britten's "Peter Grimes" premiered in 1945,
English opera regained a currency that had been missing
since the works of Henry Purcell more than three centuries
earlier. In this and subsequent operas, Britten addressed a
theme frequently dramatized on the opera stage--the conflict
between individual expression and the need for social order.
Yet he did so, as Amazon.com contributor Joe A. Nickell
demonstrates, with a unique vision that transformed the
postwar perception of opera's scope.
- At the Benjamin Britten page, part of the larger Classical Music on
the Web site, Rob Barnett has compiled a concise but comprehensive
biography, divided into linked sections.
(Research project done for Mu 123 at Caltech.
The Benjamin Britten Page, a Cal Tech creation, presents a
photo-enhanced biography and link list. The particular focus is his War Requiem.