Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

The Little Sweep (1949)

The opera from Let's make an Opera, an entertainment for young people, children's opera in 3 scenes, forming the second part of Let's make an Opera
[Le petit ramoneur]


stage work

  • General information
    • Composition date : 1949 - 1949
    • Duration : 45 mn
    • Publisher : Boosey & Hawkes
    • Opus : 45
    • Dedication : 'Affectionately dedicated to the real Gay, Juliet, Sophie, Tina, Hughie, Jonny and Sammy - the Gathorne-Hardys of Great Glemham, Suffolk'
    • Libretto (details, author) :

      Eric Crozier

Detailed formation
  • soloists : 6 soprano children voices, 2 solo sopranos, 1 solo contralto, 1 solo tenor, 1 solo bass voice
  • 1 percussionist, 1 piano [4 mains] , 1 violin, 1 second violin, 1 viola, 1 cello

Premiere information

  • Date : 14 June 1949
    Location :

    Aldeburgh, Jubilee Hall


    Performers :

    English Opera Group, direction : Norman Del Mar ; producteurs : Basil Coleman et Stuart Burge ; décor : John lewis.