Personalities | Eric Crozier | Modern Era | Opera
Armed with his experience as a stage director and as a producer for BBC Television (1936–39), Crozier helped create a new national identity for British opera while lending his expertise to composer Benjamin Britten. After all, if opera were to become viable in theatrical terms, then the composer, librettist and stage director would have to be closely associated. Crozier’s close association with Britten began when he directed the world premiere of Peter Grimes (1945). Crozier then directed the world premiere of The Rape of Lucretia at Glyndebourne, which in turn led to the creation of the English Opera Group, a small company with limited resources. Crozier’s own librettos, Albert Herring and The Little Sweep, were produced by the English Opera Group. A founder member of the Aldeburgh Festival in 1948, along with Britten and his long-time companion, tenor Peter Pears, Crozier also collaborated with E. M. Forster and Britten on the libretto for Billy Budd.
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