22, and are sponsored by a grant from the Britten-Pears Foundation. Based on a short story by Henry James, Owen is the last member of a staunchly proud military family, which is outraged by his decision to buck tradition.
Britten himself was a lifelong pacifist and the Vietnam War was at its height when the BBC commissioned him to write this opera for television. Britten was appalled by the war but Ken Shaw, director of CCM’s production, says that Britten’s response was “an artistic expression, not anti-war propaganda.”Owen Wingrave runs Thursday-Sunday at CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater, University Village. Tickets: 513-556-4183.