Benjamin Britten


April 11, 2020
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NEC's Jordan Hall
30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA

Written in honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, Gloriana depicts the later years of Queen Elizabeth I’s reign and her complicated relationship with the Earl of Essex. Britten’s imaginative use of genres from the Tudor period mixes with his own distinctive style to create a world at once

Elizabethan and contemporary. From the stately world of court to her private chambers, this is a powerful portrait of an aging monarch in a changing world.

Libretto by William Plomer

Sung in English