Benjamin Britten

Composer Benjamin Britten

Full Name: Edward Benjamin Britten
Profession: Composer


Biography: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra; Peter Grimes

Born: November 22, 1913
Birthplace: Lowestoft, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: December 4, 1976 (aged 63)
Cause of Death: Heart failure

Historical Events

  • 1940-01-30 Benjamin Britten's "Lesson Illuminations" premieres in London
  • 1941-03-29 1st performance of Benjamin Britten's "Requiem Symphony"
  • 1945-06-05 Benjamin Britten's opera "Peter Grimes" premieres in London
  • 1945-11-21 Benjamin Britten's 2nd String quartet in C premieres
  • 1946-07-12 Benjamin Britten's "Rape of Lucretia" premieres at Glyndebourne Opera Festival
  • 1948-05-24 Benjamin Britten's "Beggar's Opera" premieres at Arts Theatre, Cambridge, England
  • 1949-01-16 Benjamin Britten's chamber opera "The Rape of Lucretia" closes at Ziegfeld Theater, NYC, after 23 performances
  • 1949-07-09 Benjamin Britten's Jump Symphony premieres
  • 1951-12-01 Benjamin Britten's opera "Billy Budd" premieres in London
  • 1954-09-14 Benjamin Britten's opera 'Turn of the Screw' premieres in Venice
  • 1957-01-01 Benjamin Britten's ballet "Prince & the Pauper," premieres in London
  • 1958-10-16 Benjamin Britten's "Nocturne," premieres
  • 1959-07-22 Benjamin Britten's "Missa Brevis" in D premieres
  • 1960-07-01 Benjamin Britten's cantata "Carmen Baseliense" premieres in Basel, Switzerland
  • 1962-05-30 Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem" incorporating the poems of Wilfred Owen premieres, marking the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral
  • 1965-10-24 Benjamin Britten's "Voices for Today" premieres
  • 1971-05-16 Benjamin Britten's opera "Owen Wingrave" premieres in Aldwych, London