April 11, 2020
NEC’s Jordan Hall
By Benjamin Britten
Libretto by William Plomer
Sung in English
This performance was cancelled due to COVID-19.
Written in honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, Gloriana depicts the later years of Queen Elizabeth I’s reign and her complicated relationship with the Earl of Essex. Britten’s imaginative use of genres from the Tudor period mixes with his own distinctive style to create a world at once Elizabethan and contemporary. From the stately world of court to her private chambers, this is a powerful portrait of an aging monarch in a changing world.
“This is proof that…opera can certainly flourish in Boston.”