Typed letter signed in dark blue ink to "Mrs. Koster" mentioning the composer's opera Albert Herring. Benjamin BRITTEN.

Typed letter signed in dark blue ink to "Mrs. Koster" mentioning the composer's opera Albert Herring.

1 page. Folio (ca. 254 x 203 mm). Dated July 30, 1966. On stationery with "The Red House, Aldeburgh, Suffolk" printed at head.

Britten thanks Mrs. Koster for sending him the program of a performance of Albert Herring at the New England Conservatory. He is glad she is enjoying her teaching at the Conservatory, and sends "best wishes from myself and Peter Pears."

"I was very touched that the performers should all sign the programme for me, and I would be very glad if you would thank them warmly. I am glad that your account of the performance was so favourable, because it cannot be easy for people who live so far from East Suffolk to catch its spirit. The arrival into the garden sounds something very special!"

Slightly worn; creased at folds; very small perforation and short tear to blank upper margin, not affecting text.

Albert Herring was first performed at Glyndebourne on June 20, 1947, with the composer conducting.

Britten, a composer, conductor, and pianist, was a dominant force in English art music of the 20th century. "Notable among his musical and professional achievements are the revival of English opera, initiated by the success of Peter Grimes in 1945." Philip Brett et al in Grove Music Online. Item #27040

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