Owen Wingrave

Benjamin Britten

Owen Wingrave

Curtis Opera Theatre
Mar. 13, 15, 17m, 2013 | Aurora Series at the Perelman

"our greatest modern composer”—The Independent

From the mind and heart of famed composer Benjamin Britten emerges a stirringly beautiful chamber opera based on a short story by Henry James.

The opera, which premiered in 1970, introduces us to Owen Wingrave, a committed pacifist born into a renowned military family.  Met with a torrent of disapproval over his beliefs yet desperate to keep the love of his would-be bride, Owen is determined to prove his inner strength – even if it leads to his own mysterious end.

The production features the gifted young voices of the Curtis Opera Theatre, under Artistic Director Mikael Eliasen, and members of the Philadelphia Boys Choir. Britten's orchestral music, by turns spellbinding and terrifying, will be brought to life by the Curtis Symphony Orchestra. Curtis Opera Theatre's production of Owen Wingrave is produced in association with Opera Philadelphia and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

Read an interview with director Daniel Fish

Aurora Series: Chamber Opera at the Perelman Theater

Performance Schedule:

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 15, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.

Estimated Running Time:

Approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes including one 20-minute intermission.


Performed in English.