List of Benjamin Britten Operas

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List of popular Benjamin Britten operas, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This Benjamin Britten operas list includes the names of all Benjamin Britten operas, so if you're an opera lover you might recognize many of these historic operas. This famous Benjamin Britten operas list contains various bits of information, such as what language they were composed in and what genre the popular Benjamin Britten opera falls under. There are a lot of well-known Benjamin Britten operas out there so this list is a great way to learn about the ones you haven't heard of before.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 64, is an opera with music by Benjamin Britten and set to a libretto adapted by the composer and Peter Pears from William Shakespeare's play, A Midsummer Night's ...more
Albert Herring, Op. 39, is a chamber opera in three acts by Benjamin Britten. Composed in the winter of 1946 and the spring of 1947, this comic opera was a successor to his serious opera The ...more
Billy Budd is an opera by Benjamin Britten.
Curlew River
Curlew River – A Parable for Church Performance is the first of three Church Parables by Benjamin Britten. The work is based on the Japanese noh play Sumidagawa of Juro Motomasa, which Britten ...more
Death in Venice is an opera in two acts by Benjamin Britten, his last. The opera is based on the novella Death in Venice by Thomas Mann. Myfanwy Piper wrote the English libretto. It was first ...more
Gloriana is an opera in three acts by Benjamin Britten to an English libretto by William Plomer, based on Lytton Strachey's 1928 Elizabeth and Essex: A Tragic History. The first performance was ...more
Noye's Fludde is a one-act opera largely intended for amateur performers, particularly children, created by the British composer Benjamin Britten. First performed on 18 June 1958 at that year's ...more
Owen Wingrave is an opera in two acts with music by Benjamin Britten, his Opus 85. The libretto is by Myfanwy Piper, after a short story by Henry James. Britten had been aware of the story since ...more
Paul Bunyan, Op 17, is an operetta in two acts and a prologue composed by Benjamin Britten to a libretto by W. H. Auden, designed for performance by semi-professional groups. It premiered at ...more
Peter Grimes is an opera by Benjamin Britten, with a libretto adapted by Montagu Slater from the narrative poem, "Peter Grimes", in George Crabbe's book The Borough. The ...more
The Burning Fiery Furnace
The Burning Fiery Furnace is one of the three Parables for Church Performances composed by Benjamin Britten, dating from 1966, and is his Opus 77. The other two 'church parables' are Curlew ...more
The Little Sweep, Op. 45, is an opera for children in three scenes by the English composer Benjamin Britten, with a libretto by Eric Crozier.
The Prodigal Son
The Prodigal Son is an opera by Benjamin Britten with a libretto by William Plomer. Based on the Biblical story of the Prodigal Son, this was Britten's third "parable for church ...more
The Rape of Lucretia is an opera by Benjamin Britten.
The Turn of the Screw is a 20th-century English chamber opera composed by Benjamin Britten with a libretto by Myfanwy Piper, "wife of the artist John Piper, who had been a friend of the ...more