|About the Book|
The delicate balance between private and public communication, and the tension between art as self-expression and art as moral resolution were key concerns in Brittens music. Seymour examines ways in which Brittens operas explored and articulated the inherent ambiguity and latent sexuality of music, particularly song, and suggests that Brittens operas may illustrate his search for a public voice which would embody, communicate, and, perhaps, resolve his private beliefs and anxieties. Analyses of Brittens operas from Paul Bunyan to Death in Venice, the three Church Parables, and several of the childrens operas offer evidence that, for Britten, opera was the natural medium through which to explore, express and, paradoxically, repress his private concerns. Claire Seymour is an Opera Studies Tutor at Rose Bruford College, Kent.