Britten, (Edward) Benjamin (opera)
- Arnold Whittall
(b Lowestoft, Nov 22, 1913; d Aldeburgh, Dec 4, 1976). English composer . His operas are the most important British contribution to the genre in the 20th century, yet in some respects he had an uneasy relationship with the operatic medium. He hated the backbiting and posturing of the theatre world and much preferred country to city life; his compositions up to the age of 30, while often strongly dramatic in character, showed a special gift for imaginative settings of fine poetry (Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Serenade) and for substantial instrumental forms (Violin Concerto, ...