Guilford — As part of the first annual Guilford Performing Arts Festival, Madison Lyric Stage will present a one-night-only free concert, Outcasts and Innocents: The Musical World of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, sung by tenor Marc Deaton, on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Guilford.

A celebration of music, theater and dance, the Guilford Performing Arts Festival will take place Oct. 12-15 at various locations around Guilford Green, in schools and throughout town.

Designed to engage residents and visitors of all ages, the festival will offer performances and workshops that are spirited, fun and inspiring. Performers will include celebrated artists, as well as local and regional talent.

For a full listing of events scheduled in Guilford during the festival, go to http://www.visitguilfordct.com/event/guilford-performing-arts-festival/2017-10-12/. The

The evening will feature excerpts from the operas “Peter Grimes,” “The Turn of the Screw,” “The Rape of Lucretia,” and “Billy Budd,” along with concert music from the Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings and the Canticles.

Benjamin Britten was a central figure of 20th century British classical music. His life partner was tenor Peter Pears, a unique and gripping singing actor, for whom Britten wrote most of his works. This concert is a compilation of some of Britten’s best moments from both the concert and opera stage.

Deaton has performed this concert in venues throughout the U.S. and Europe. For this evening in Guilford, he will be joined by pianist Steven Scarlato, mezzo-soprano Allison Waggener, with Nathan Pawelek on the French horn.

“I’ve always been fascinated by the drama that Benjamin Britten infuses in his music, and have had the good fortune to have performed almost all of his concert works, and many of his operas throughout my career,” said Deaton, in a written statement. “Madison Lyric Stage would like to acknowledge William Boughton for spearheading this important community arts festival.”

Tenor Marc Deaton has appeared with leading opera companies and orchestras throughout the world. He has four recordings available, including the title role in Tristan und Isolde with the Bulgarian Festival Orchestra on Titanic Records, and a solo disk Marc Deaton: Wagner on Centaur Records.

Madison Lyric Stage is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity and arts collective for the Shoreline of Connecticut. Its mission is to present professional-quality entertainment from the worlds of opera, musical theater and drama. Past productions include: A Little Night Music, Blithe Spirit, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Macbeth, Peter Grimes, Salome, The Glass Menagerie, and many others.

For more information about Madison Lyric Stage, visit madisonlyricstage.org. For more information regarding the Guilford Performing Arts Festival, visit guilfordperformingartsfest.org.