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 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]



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