I do not have sufficient knowledge of the subject to comment on the quality of singing or performing on any opera recording, so will leave that to others. Like all of Britten's operas, this is a remarkably challenging and original work, and deserves far more attention than it gets. Typically for Britten, you get a lot of thought-provoking content, with a completely original story line and intelligent libretto. Unlike most operas, Britten's work has real depth. While it is true that this work is about pacifism, it is not simply an anti-war polemic, and deals with the rigidity and opressiveness within the families of the English ruling class, and the demands that are handed down through the generations. The portrayal of the female characters in this work is particularly striking, as they are far more pro-military than the men who acturally have to go off to fight.
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