The libretto of Benjamin Britten’s opera Death in Venice was one of several written for him by John Piper’s wife Myfanwy. While they were collaborating on this, John Piper was also designing the sets. He based these on details of typical Venetian architecture, which were painted onto tall revolving towers.
The opera was first performed at the Aldeburgh Festival on 10 May 1973. Piper exhibited paintings and drawings which were similar to these designs, and published a portfolio of screenprints, of which this is one.
Gallery label, July 2008