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Opera in 3 acts, Op.53, by Britten, comp. 1952–3, lib. W. Plomer after L. Strachey's Elizabeth and Essex. Commissioned by CG for coronation of Elizabeth II, who attended f.p. at CG on 8 June 1953, 6 days after her coronation. Cincinnati (concert) 1956, f. Amer. stage p. San Antonio 1984 (ENO tour).

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