Britten 100—encompassing over 1,500 performances in more than 140 cities around the world from September 2012 to August 2014—is coordinated by the Britten-Pears Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting the music of Benjamin Britten and his work with tenor Peter Pears from the home that they shared, The Red House, in the coastal town of Aldeburgh, England. This worldwide celebration is formed through extensive collaboration by leading organizations from the worlds of the performing arts, broadcast, film, academia, and heritage. It includes music, books, recordings, radio and television programming, exhibitions, online initiatives for children, and more. For more information, including other Britten 100 performances held throughout the United States, please visit brittenaldeburgh.co.uk or britten100.org.
The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) presents the Glyndebourne Festival Opera production of Britten's 1951 opera Billy Budd in the Howard Gilman Opera House from February 7–13, 2014. This lauded production, directed by Michael Grandage and featuring Mark Padmore (Captain Vere), Jacques Imbrailo (Billy Budd), and Brindley Sherratt (Claggart) with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder, will be seen in its US premiere as part of BAM's 2014 winter/spring season.
In October 2013, The Metropolitan Opera will present a rare revival of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream as part of the composer's centennial celebration. James Conlon will conduct a cast that includes Kathleen Kim as Tytania and Iestyn Davies as Oberon. A Midsummer Night's Dream will open October 11 with later performances on October 15, 19, 23, 26, and 31.
The New York Philharmonic's 2013–2014 season includes performances of both Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings and the composer's Spring Symphony with a group of outstanding soloists—soprano Kate Royal, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, tenor Paul Appleby, and Principal French Horn Philip Myers—joining the orchestra, conducted by Alan Gilbert on November 21–23, 2013. In addition, The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra will be performed on a Young Person's Concert in January 2014.
Trinity Wall Street's extensive Celebrating Benjamin Britten programming encompasses more than 20 concerts from September through December 2013, including performances of Curlew River, The Little Sweep, Noye's Fludde, The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, and Hymn to St. Cecelia, among other presentations of Britten's choral, vocal, and children's works.