Benjamin Britten was one of the twentieth century’s greatest composers. He wrote 16 operas, film music, huge orchestral pieces, hundreds of songs, and music for children.

Also well-known are the community opera Noye’s Fludde and the group of songs for children’s voices Friday Afternoons, both of which were used in Wes Anderson’s 2012 film Moonrise Kingdom.

Find out more about Britten’s music by following the links on this page, or listening to the pieces on the playlist below.

  1. Paul Bunyan

    1941

  2. Peter Grimes

    1945

  3. The Rape of Lucretia

    1946

  4. Albert Herring

    1947

  5. The Beggar’s Opera

    1947

  6. The Little Sweep

    1949

  7. Billy Budd

    1951

  8. Gloriana

    1953

  9. The Turn of the Screw

    1954

  10. Noye’s Fludde

    1958

  11. A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    1960

  12. Curlew River

    1964

  13. The Burning Fiery Furnace

    1966

  14. The Prodigal Son

    1968

  15. Owen Wingrave

    1970

  16. Death in Venice

    1973