Tag: Benjamin Britten

Tuesday, March 6, 2012: She Rises to Conquer

She Rises to Conquer Gloriana, the 3+ hour opera about Queen Elizabeth I, premiered this past weekend at The National Theatre. This is not a light opera. Chances are you won’t leave the theatre whistling the themes from the major arias. But you might find yourself mulling over the story, characters, sets, and most of all the incredibly bold, dramatic singing, still days later. Benjamin Britten wrote the work, with…

Monday, February 27, 2012: Audience with the Queen

An Audience with the Queen Queen Elizabeth I is coming to Prague, and the audience with the queen will be held at The National Theatre Mar 3 and 4. That’s when soprano Gun-Brit Barkmin will star in the Czech premiere of Benjamin Britten’s Gloriana. The three-act opera alternates between glimpses of Renaissance, regal glory and intimate scenes with Queen Elizabeth I and her favorite and confidante, Robert Devereaux, Earl of…