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World-renowned as an outstanding year-round performance centre, Aldeburgh is also a place where artists at all stages of their career can be inspired and energized. With inspirational scenery, a rich musical heritage and the time and space for musicians and audience to discover, create and explore, Aldeburgh is a place to help artists reach their full potential and define their own musical landscape.
In 1968, as protests against the Vietnam War dominated the news, Benjamin Britten responded to a BBC commission for a television opera by returning to a theme that had haunted him since the 1930s - pacifism. Using a liberetto by Myfanwy Piper, Owen Wingrave sets Henry James's story of one trouble young man's fight to escape from his family's militarism to music of angry intensity and desolate beauty.