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Phaedra

Mezzo-soprano, Small Orchestra

Britten composed this in the summer of 1975 for the mezzo-soprano Janet Baker, who gave its premiere at the 1976 Aldeburgh Festival. It is a powerful monodrama accompanied by string orchestra, percussion and harpsichord, and the structure of the work is modelled on the baroque cantata form. Britten adapted the text himself from Robert Lowell's translation of Racine's five-act Phèdre.

Text Author
Robert Lowell
Year of Composition
Jul - 12 Aug 1975
Length
15 minutes
Language
English
Vocal Range
Publisher
Faber
Type
Individual
Voice Type
Mezzo-soprano
Instrument
Small Orchestra
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