Phaedra (cantata)

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Phaedra, Op. 93 is a cantata for mezzo-soprano and orchestra by Benjamin Britten.


Phaedra was the composer's last vocal work, written in 1975 and first performed by Dame Janet Baker at the Aldeburgh Festival on 16 June 1976.[1] Britten assembled the libretto from parts of a translation of Racine's Phèdre by Robert Lowell.[2] Stylistically, it draws from the Baroque cantata tradition.[3]


  1. ^ Moore, Lloyd. "About this recording". Naxos. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
  2. ^ James, E.D.; Jondorf, G. (1994). Racine : Phèdre. Cambridge University Press. p. 104. ISBN 9780521397216.
  3. ^ "MODA Triple Opera". The Göteborg Opera. Retrieved 2 August 2013.