During 2013–2014, Carnegie Hall pays tribute to Benjamin Britten, one of the most remarkable British composers of the 20th century in celebration of the centenary of his birth with a series of performances of his vocal masterpieces and other compositions from his vast spectrum of works, as well as partnerships across the city.
This celebration forms the cornerstone of season-long activities by cultural partners throughout the city, including BAM, The Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, and Trinity Wall Street as part of Britten 100, a global celebration of this prolific composer, organized by the Britten-Pears Foundation.
Here, tenor Ian Bostridge—who performs in two concerts during the celebration—discusses Britten's gift for setting words to music.
Related: Britten 100
October 20, Ian Bostridge | Iestyn Davies | Joshua Hopkins | Julius Drake
October 23, Orchestra of St. Luke's
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