An Empire Built on Shingle: Britten, the English Opera Group, and the Aldeburgh Festival

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Benjamin Britten Studies: Essays on An Inexplicit Art

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Britten’s post-war years began an interval in which his energies were almost exclusively focused on building both an empire and the environs in which a living and vital musical establishment could flourish outside London. During the ten years immediately following Peter Grimes Britten not only composed seven of his nine full-scale operas, he also devoted himself to the founding of both the English Opera Group (EOG, 1946–47) and the Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts (AFMA, 1947–48).


This chapter was originally published in Benjamin Britten Studies: Essays on An Inexplicit Art, Justin Vickers and Vicki P. Stroeher, Editors; The Boydell Press: 2017.