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Michael Crawford Discusses Benjamin Britten & NOYE'S FLUDDE

November 18
4:35 PM 2013

Michael Crawford Discusses Benjamin Britten & NOYE'S FLUDDEMulti-award-winning internationally adored stage and screen star Michael Crawford sheds some light on his notable connection to the world of British composer Benjamin Britten as part of a new retrospective interview which also contains rare footage of the star as a mere teenager premiering an opera by one British music master.

Crawford shares, "He asked me to play Jeffett - one of the three sons - in NOYE'S FLUDDE."

"And, I was 14, I suppose 15 by then, and my voice had slid down slightly, so he changed the key!" Crawford shares with glee of the composer's amenable and amiable nature.

Furthermore, Crawford adds, "I've got the score still! All the dots are his - he did all the transposition."

"It was very exciting to try it all out," Crawford concludes of participating in the unique and highly theatrical musical project, which was subsequently broadcast across the UK in 1958.

Additionally, as for Britten himself, Crawford says, "He just spent any amount of time we needed because he was a kind man. He was generous."

Of note, NOYE'S FLUDDE is based on the mystery play by Afred W. Pollard, taken from the classic Chester Mystery Cycle.

View the new video clip of Michael Crawford discussing Benjamin Britten below.

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