Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

The Beggar's Opera (1948)

A Ballad-Opera, by John Gay (1728), from the original composition by John Chistopher Pepusch (1667-1752)
["L'opéra de 4 sous"]


stage work
arrangement

  • General information
    • Composition date : 1948
    • Duration : 1 h 45 mn
    • Publisher : Boosey & Hawkes
    • Dedication : 'To James Lawrie'
    • Libretto (details, author) :

      John Gay

Detailed formation
  • soloists : 1 solo soprano, 2 solo mezzo-sopranos, 1 solo tenor [ou baryton] , 1 solo tenor [ou récitnant] , 1 solo baritone, 1 solo bass voice, 1 narrator
  • mixed choir
  • 1 flute (also 1 piccolo), 1 oboe (also 1 English horn), 2 clarinets, 1 bassoon, 1 horn, 1 percussionist, 1 violin, 1 second violin, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 double bass

Premiere information

  • Date : 24 May 1948
    Location :

    Cambridge, Ars Theatre


    Performers :

    The English Opera Group, direction : Benjamin Britten ; producteur : Tyrone Guthrie, décor : Tanya Moiseiwitsch.