Death in Venice is an opera in two acts by Benjamin Britten, his last. The opera is based on the novella Death in Venice by Thomas Mann. Myfanwy Piper wrote the English libretto. It was first performed at Snape Maltings, near Aldeburgh, England, on 16 June 1973.
The often acerbic and severe score is marked by some haunting soundscapes of "ambiguous Venice". The boy Tadzio is portrayed by a silent dancer, to gamelan-like percussion accompaniment. The music of the opera is precise, direct and movingly understated.
Performances & Interviews
- Britten: Death in Venice - Opera Guidehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01txp9d.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01txp9d.jpg2014-03-13T16:31:00.000ZA guide to Britten's Death in Venice featuring musicologists and Britten experts.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01txpd0
Britten: Death in Venice - Opera GuideA guide to Britten's Death in Venice featuring musicologists and Britten experts.