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Born in London, England, UK
Died in Granville, Manche, France

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NancyEvans (1949 - 7 September 1994) ( his death)

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English librettist and director who also wrote books for children and was an accomplished broadcaster.
His friendship with actor Stephen Haggard led to his appointment as one of the first drama producers for BBC Television.
Co-founded the English Opera Group in 1947 and the Aldeburgh Festival in 1948 with Benjamin Britten and John Piper.
His operas include The Bartered Bride (1943), Peter Grimes (1945), Let's Make an Opera (1948), Billy Budd (1951, with E.M. Forster), and Ruth (1956). His opera translations include The Bartered Bride, Otello, Falstaff and La traviata (all with Joan Cross), Idomeneo, Salome and Die Frau ohne Schatten.
He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1991 Queen's Honours List for his services to music.

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