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