• Benjamin Britten is best known for his vocal music: choral works, songs and song cycles, and a series of engaging operas that changed the art form. His extraordinary ambition in choosing texts was unmatched, creating fierce musical poems that would otherwise not be amenable to musical settings. His range of output extends well past vocal compositions to orchestral and chamber works, with his influence being felt today in diverse creative paths, including Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George and as the musical cornerstone of the film soundtrack to Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom.

    Carnegie Hall pays tribute to 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. More information about partner institutions is available here.

  • Tenor Ian Bostridge on Benjamin Britten