Owen Wingrave (BBC-2 1971, Benjamin Luxon, Nigel Douglas)

British television’s first specially commissioned opera just for TV.

production details
UK / BBC-2 / 1×110 minute episode / Broadcast 16 May 1971

Libretto: Myfanwy Piper / Story: Henry James / Musical Director: Russell Burgess / Orchestra Conductor: Benjamin Britten / Production Design: David Myerscough-Jones / Executive Producer: John Culshaw / Producers and Directors: Colin Graham and Brian

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cast
Benjamin Luxon as Owen Wingrave
John Shirley-Quirk as Mr Coyle, Owen’s Tutor
Nigel Douglas as Lechmere, Owen’s Friend
Sylvia Fisher as Miss Wingrave, Owen’s Aunt
Heather Harper as Mrs Coyle
Jennifer Vyvyan as Mrs Julian
Janet Baker as Kate Julian, Owen’s Fiancée
Peter Pears as General Sir Philip Wingrave/ Colonel Wingrave / Ghost / Narrator
Stephen Hattersley as Young Wingrave Boy / Ghost
Geoffrey West as Young Wingrave’s Friend
The boys of Wandsworth School
The English Chamber Orchestra

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