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Author(s): Benjamin Britten
Company: English National Opera

Originally written to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, this concert will be staged this year in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Concerning her namesake and the last Tudor monarch Elizabeth I, the opera depicts a Queen at her strongest, yet perhaps at her most human, as her affections for favoured courtier Robert Devereaux, the Earl of Essex, are tested by a series of plots.

Written by one of Britain’s most eminent twentieth-century composers, Gloriana is one of Benjamin Britten’s greatest large-scale operas. This is the first time the company has performed this piece since 1984.

This performance is conducted by the ENO’s Music Director Martyn Brabbins, leading the award-winning ENO Orchestra and Chorus in this grand work at a time of national celebration.


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