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Score by Benjamin Britten published by Boosey and Hawkes in Browse through all arias, ensembles and roles from the opera Billy Budd by Benjamin Britten. With links to the scenes with movies and more information. Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd based on Herman Melville’s story, is one of the 20th Century’s most tragic operas and the only opera with an all-male cast.

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Claggart tells Squeak, the ship’s corporal, to keep an eye on Billy and give him a rough time. Vere’s first appearance after the prologue had been originally the Captain’s Muster, in beitten he addresses the crew at the end of Act 1; Britten cut this, explaining to his librettist Eric Crozier that he had never been happy with that scene, [4] so making Vere’s first appearance on the ship a private moment alone in his cabin. As he recalls Billy’s blessing, he realises he has discovered genuine goodness and can be at peace with himself.

The Operas of Benjamin Britten.

Later, in Vere’s cabin, Claggart repeats the false charge to Billy’s face. Through the port comes the moonshine astray! Baritone Mr Flint Sailing Master: Theodor Uppman as Billy in the first production, photographer unknown.

Billy Budd, op. 50 – vocal score

In the two-act version, Dansker simply tells the others Vere’s nickname, “Starry Vere,” and this is enough for the impulsive Billy to swear his loyalty to the unseen captain. Billy is shocked at the cruelty of the punishment, but is certain that if he follows the rules he will be bued no danger.


Originally in four acts, it was first performed at the Royal Biilly HouseLondon, on 1 December ; it was later revised as a two-act opera with a prologue and an epilogue.

Billy Budd All-male opera, set at sea. The opera in fact premiered after the Festival had finished. Archived from the original on 2 March Unable to speak, he strikes Claggart, killing him.

The original version in four acts is still occasionally revived, such as at the Vienna State Opera in andand has been recorded at least twice. In Britten revised the score substantially in preparation for a BBC broadcast, and compressed it into two acts. At this point in the four-act version came the climax brittdn Act I, in which Captain Vere appeared on deck to give a speech to the men.

The Novice returns from his flogging, unable to walk and helped along by a friend. Opera by Benjamin Britten.

Billy Budd (opera) – Wikipedia

Forster had an interest in the novella, which he discussed in his Clark lectures at Cambridge University. In fact, Forster agreed to this project, and worked dcore Eric Crozier, a Britten collaborator, to write the opera’s libretto. Benjamin Britten, Billy Budd. All opera sheetmusic Soprano sheetmusic Mezzo Soprano sheetmusic Tenor sheetmusic Baritone sheetmusic Bass sheetmusic.


Britten would later write three Church Parables britten all-male casts, but these are different to conventional operas. In a rage, Billy begins to stammer.

It has become part of the repertory of the New York Metropolitan Opera. Billy Budd was commissioned by the Festival of Britain, but the negotiations with the administration of the Festival were protracted and complex.

Billy Budd

The opera is preceded by a prologue bud which Captain Vere, as an old man, ponders the significance of events that took place long bfitten. Claggart then has the Novice — cowed into submission by an earlier beating — try to bribe Billy into supporting mutiny, but to no avail. List of compositions by Benjamin Britten Category: War Requiem film.

Claggart takes his complaint about Billy to Vere, but he is interrupted in his accusation by a brief skirmish with a French frigate that ends with the enemy escaping.

Claggart then accuses Billy, who is called in by Vere to defend himself. Address Act 2 Scene 1: