Bennett, Sir Richard Rodney (opera)
- Susan Bradshaw
(b Broadstairs, March 29, 1936). English composer . He studied at the RAM with Lennox Berkeley and Howard Ferguson, and in Paris with Boulez. All Bennett’s operatic works date from the decade following his return to London in 1958; these include the one-act opera The Ledge, three full-length operas (The Mines of Sulphur, A Penny for a Song and Victory) and one for children (All the King’s Men); a further stage work (the ballet Isadora) was written following his move to New York in 1979.
Most of Bennett’s distinguished output of non-operatic vocal music was to follow the composition of his operas, and not vice versa. The operas would, moreover, seem directly to have influenced the character of much of his orchestral and chamber music, especially that of his numerous concertos, as well as his stylistic evolution: from the 12-note writing of The Ledge...