Benjamin Britten

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.”


Cast and Creative

Anna Caterina AntonacciAnna Caterina Antonacci
Regina Gloriana
Dominick ChenesDominick Chenes
Earl of Essex
Lisa ChavezLisa Chavez
Frances, Countess of Essex
Keith PharesKeith Phares
Lord Mountjoy
Chelsea BaslerChelsea Basler
James WrightJames Wright
Sir Robert Cecil
Scott ConnerScott Conner
Sir Walter Raleigh
Ryan F. BurnsRyan F. Burns
Henry Cuffe
Elaine DaiberElaine Daiber
Ryan StollRyan Stoll
A Blind Ballad Singer/Recorder of Norwich
Lynn TorgoveLynn Torgove
A Housewife
Frank KelleyFrank Kelley
Spirit of the Masque
Gil RoseGil Rose