in Venice' -
'... Britten conjures weird and wonderful sounds from his orchestra ...'
Thomas Mann's story is undoubtedly a Tale Unpleasant. In his operas Britten usually concerned himself with innocence abused, whether it be Grimes's boy, Lucretia, Budd, or the youngsters in The Turn of the Screw. Here it is to some extent the same again. The ageing writer, obsessed with the beautiful young Polish lad, fails to alert the mother that cholera has broken out in Venice, though most of the European guests are obviously departing in some haste...
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