Eric Crozier (14 November 1914 - 7 September 1994) was a British theatrical director and opera librettist, long associated with Benjamin Britten.
Crozier was born in
London, and after an apprenticeship at the Old Vic theatre, he joined the Sadlers Wells Opera Company in London during the Second World War, and directed Britten's first opera, , at Peter Grimes Sadler's Wells in 1945. He founded the English Opera Group in 1947, and co-founded (with Britten) the Aldeburgh Festival in 1948. He directed his wife, Nancy Evans, in the role of Lucretia in the 1946 premiere of Britten's opera at The Rape of Lucretia Glyndebourne, and later succeeded Peter Pears as director of the Aldeburgh Festival.
Eric Crozier's first opera
libretto for Britten was (1947), and he later wrote and/or directed several other Britten operas. Crozier's and Nancy Evans' archives are preserved at Aldeburgh Albert Herring . He died at Granville, France.
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