• From an Old Ballad to a Minor Opera. Benjamin Britten’s ‘The Golden Vanity: A vaudeville for boys and piano after the old English ballad’

    Author(s):
    Krzysztof Fordonski (see profile)
    Date:
    2015
    Subject(s):
    History of opera, Opera
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    benjamin britten, english opera, libretto
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6C343
    Abstract:
    The article presents a little known opera (a ‘vaudeville’) of Benjamin Britten entitled The Golden Vanity (1966). The article presents the history of creation of the opera at the request of the Vienna Boys’ Choir singers, the history of the 17th century ballad, originally entitled “The Sweet Trinity”, which inspired the composer, and comments upon the historical sources of the text of the ballad. The libretto of the opera is analysed in detail with some comments on the original stage directions of the composer and actual performances.
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Journal Article
    Publisher:
    WLS UW
    Journal:
    Komunikacja Specjalistyczna
    Volume:
    9-10
    Start Page:
    196
    End Page:
    204
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    3 weeks ago
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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