Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

The Prodigal Son (1968)

Third Parable for Church performance


stage work

  • General information
    • Composition date : 1968 - 1968
    • Duration : 1 h 12 mn
    • Editor : Faber Music
    • Opus : 81
    • Dedication : 'To Dmitri Shostakovich'
    • Livret (détail, auteur) :

      William Plomer, d’après Le Nouveau Testament

Detailed formation
  • solistes : 2 solo tenors [the Tempter/Abbot, the Younger Son] , 1 solo bass-baritone [the Father] , 1 solo baritone [the Elder Son]
  • chœur d'enfants et d'adultes(5 sopranochild voice, 3 tenor, 3 baritone, 2 bass voice [chœur des servants])
  • 1 alto flute (also 1 piccolo), 1 horn, 1 trumpet, 1 percussionist, 1 harp, 1 organ [de chambre] , 1 viola, 1 double bass

Creation information

  • Date : 10 June 1968
    Location :

    Aldeburgh Festival, Oxford Church


    Performers :

    English Opera Group, direction : Benjamin Britten ; production : Colin Graham.