The U.S. Premiere of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem
Benjamin Britten's haunting War Requiem premiered in England on May 30, 1962, at the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral, built to replace the original that had been destroyed during the bombings of World War II. But North American audiences heard Britten's work first on July 27, 1963, at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts. Erich Leinsdorf conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra, with soloists Phyllis Curtin, Nicolas di Virgilio and Tom Krause, Chorus pro Musica, and the Columbus Boychoir.