Benjamin Britten’s five Canticles distil his immense talent as an opera composer into miniature musical jewels. Written between 1947 and 1974, the pieces span a large proportion of his composing life. All five Canticles are characterized by compressed musical forms, intense drama and a mood of spiritual elevation.
In a production marking 100 years since Britten’s birth, the five Canticles are brought together in one sequence by a remarkable creative team. Director Neil Bartlett and lighting designer Paule Constable collaborate with renowned Britten interpreters tenor Ian Bostridge and pianist Julius Drake, alongside other leading singers, and artists from the worlds of physical theatre, dance and the visual arts.
News and features
10 July 2013
Find out more about the musical gems that map Benjamin Britten’s genius as a composer.
8 June 2013
The British tenor on the challenges and rewards of five of Britten's rarely performed gems.
29 April 2013
A look at five works created in parallel to the composer's iconic post-war operas.