the little OPERA theatre of ny Presents
New York Premiere
May 9-11, 7:30pm
May 12, 3pm
Benjamin Britten, Composer
Myfanwy Piper, Librettist, based on the story by Henry James
Originally commissioned for the BBC, it premiered on television in 1971, and was subsequently performed at Covent Garden in 1973.
Owen Wingrave is a young man who comes home to confront his family and rebel against its military past. The ghosts of his ancestors and a dark secret haunt all the inhabitants of the Wingrave home. Britten’s powerful score etches strong individual voices caught within a fraught atmosphere.