Act 1. At a royal jousting tournament, the ambitious Earl of Essex picks a fight with Lord Mountjoy and is wounded. They become friends. Working on her fondness for him, Essex flatters the queen and asks to be appointed her Deputy in Ireland, to quell the rebel Tyrone. Elizabeth temporises, conscious of her position as monarch and wary of his impetuousness. Act 2.
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Act 1. At a royal jousting tournament, the ambitious Earl of Essex picks a fight with Lord Mountjoy and is wounded. They become friends.
Working on her fondness for him, Essex flatters the queen and asks to be appointed her Deputy in Ireland, to quell the rebel Tyrone. Elizabeth temporises, conscious of her position as monarch and wary of his impetuousness. Act 2. In Norwich, the Queen is welcomed by the citizens and entertained with a masque of Time and Concord. Essex is furious, but mollified when Elizabeth announces the appointment he has long craved and sends him to Ireland. Act 3. His campaign, however, is a failure and on his unexpected return he insists on admittance to the monarch while she dresses: he confronts an old woman without wig or make-up.
He pleads his cause, but she is unconvinced and later Cecil warns her of his scheme to replace her. Essex is condemned, and when a deputation of his wife, sister and friend to plead for him goes badly awry, Elizabeth signs the warrant for his execution. In the final scene, the dying monarch recalls the tests she has withstood during her reign.
The idea for Gloriana first occurred to Britten whilst he was talking with the Earl of Harewood about nationalism in opera during a skiing holiday in Austria. Britten had a number of National Gallery postcards of famous Renaissance figures, including Elizabeth I and the Earl of Essex, on his desk as he worked on the music for Gloriana to keep him in mind of the period in which the opera was set.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh attended a dinner at the home of the Earl and Countess of Harewood in May at which they were given a sneak preview of some of the music from the opera. Timpani, 4 percussion glockenspiel, triangle woodblock, tambourine, side drum, tenor drum, bass drum, cymbal, tam-tam, whip, tubular bells in D, E, F, G, A, B flat and C , harp, celesta.
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Gloriana , Op. It became the popular name given to Elizabeth I. It is recorded that the troops at Tilbury hailed her with cries of "Gloriana, Gloriana, Gloriana", after the defeat of the Spanish Armada in Several in the audience of its gala opening were disappointed by the opera, which presents the first Elizabeth as a sympathetic, but flawed, character motivated largely by vanity and desire.
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