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The Canticles

Britten’s Canticles are brought to life in a striking artistic collaboration – a tribute to the composer’s genius in his centenary year.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of The Canticles. It was last on stage 10–12 July 2013 as part of the Summer 2012/13 season.


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.

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