According to Operabase, Britten has more operas played worldwide than any other composer born in the 20th century, and only Puccini and Richard Strauss come ahead of him if the list is extended to all operas composed after 1900.
He shared a house for a while with the composer Lennox Berkeley. In 1936 he met the tenor Peter Pears who became his life partner. In 1939 they moved to America. They returned in 1942, registering as conscientious objectors, and moved to The Red House in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. In 1948 they founded the Aldeburgh Festival.
Britten declined a knighthood, but accepted a life peerage a few months before his death.
- http://operabase.com/top.cgi?lang=en#composer Operabase List of top composers
- http://www.boosey.com/cr/news/Britten-Pears-Foundation-announces-Centenary-grants/12218 Britten-Pears Foundation press release