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Rutland Boughton Suggest updates

Born: Aylesbury, 23 January 1878.

Died: London, 24 January 1960.

English composer.

Rutland Boughton enjoyed a phenomenal success when The Immortal Hour was staged in London in 1922. The work had a continuous run unheard of for an opera.

Nothing else in his output came close to matching that. His music is generally melodious and quite dramatic, by comparison with which The Immortal Hour seems rather bland.

Boughton's attempt to establish a repertoire of operas based on legends reminiscent of Wagner was not successful.

Operas performed in Scotland are shown in bold:

01   The Birth of Arthur (1908-9; prod 1920) ()

02   The Immortal Hour (1910-12; Glastonbury 1914) Sharp as 'Fiona Macleod')

03   Bethlehem (Glastonbury 1915) ()

04   The Round Table (Glastonbury 1916) ()

05   Alkestis (Glastonbury 1922) (Murray)

06   The Queen of Cornwall (Glastonbury 1924) (Hardy)

07   The Ever Young (1928-9; 1935) ()

08   The Lily Maid (Stroud 1934) (cpsr)

09   Galahad (1943-4 unperf) ()

10   Avalon (1944-5 unperf) ()

Roles in Scotland


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