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Owen Wingrave

Opera in two acts, Op. 85 by Benjamin Britten
Libretto by Myfanwy Piper

Australian Stage Premiere

Benjamin Britten is the most important British composer of the twentieth century, and is the greatest composer of opera in English. Based on a Henry James ghost story, Owen Wingrave is a statement of Britten’s lifelong pacifism. Composed during the Vietnam War, it is the story of a young soldier from an eminent military family whose anti-war instincts lead him to rebel against his upbringing. Desperate to keep his would-be bride and prove he isn’t a coward, he is forced to confront the ghosts of his ancestry.

The music is Britten at his refined, luminous best, with influences ranging from Gamelan to twelve-tone techniques. Imara Savage returns to Sydney Chamber Opera to direct the work’s Australian stage premiere.

Photography: Samuel Hodge

  • Conductor
  • Jack Symonds
  • Director
  • Imara Savage
  • Set & Costume Design
  • Katren Wood
  • Lighting Design
  • Ross Graham
  • With
  • Morgan Pearse, Georgia Bassingthwaighte, Rowena Cowley, Emily Edmonds, Paul Ferris, Pascal Herington, Simon Lobelson, Kornelia Perchy, boys' choir, orchestra, and male movement ensemble
  • Date & Time
  • 7.30pm Sat 3, Mon 5, Wed 7, Fri 9, Sat 10 August 2013
  • Venue
  • Carriageworks Bay 20, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh
  • Tickets
  • $60/$30
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