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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The original version in four acts is still occasionally revived, such as at the Vienna State Opera in andand has scorre recorded at least twice. However, when alone, Claggart reveals his hatred for Billy and vows to destroy him.

MP3’s for this opera. Claggart begins to tell Vere about the danger that Billy represents, but is interrupted by the sighting of a French ship.

Billy Budd, op. 50 – study score

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Vere, as an old man, remembers Billy’s burial at sea, reflecting that the man he failed to save has instead blessed and saved him.

Billy Budd Libretto Translation s: Captain Vere’s cabin Bud 2: War Requiem film. Retrieved from ” https: Having admired Britten’s music since attending a performance of The Ascent of F6 inhe first met the composer in October when he heard Peter Pears accompanied by Britten perform the Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo at the National Gallery. 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. Vere does not believe him and sends for Billy so that Claggart may confront him. Captain Edward Fairfax Vere, an old man, reflects on his life and his time in the navy. Boys voices Cabin boy: Bass Mr Redburn First Fieutenant: Main deck and quarter-deck Epilogue. Billy refuses the bribe and believes bydd will be rewarded, but Dansker warns him to beware of Claggart.

The opera in fact premiered after the Festival had finished. Below decks the sailors rough-house, but old Dansker remains gloomy. Billy is shocked at the cruelty of the punishment, but is certain that if he follows the rules he will be in no danger. Bay of the upper gun-deck Scene 2: A production by the Glyndebourne Festival Opera marked the operatic directorial debut of the theatre director Michael Grandage. The Novice returns from his flogging, unable to walk and helped along by a friend.


He orders the Novice to try to bribe Billy into joining a mutinyand the broken-spirited Novice quickly agrees. Piano Concertorev.

The Articles of War are read, and show that Billy must be hanged. Theodor Uppman as Billy in the first production, photographer unknown.

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At the same time a cutter approaches, returning from a merchant ship where it has pressed three sailors into the Royal Navy. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Baritone Arthur Jones an impressed man: Archived from the original on 9 March Dansker brings him a drink and reveals that the crew is willing to mutiny for his sake, but Billy is resigned to his fate.


In the Epiloguewe return to the buvd Vere, who again scrutinises his role in these events. Address Act 2 Scene 1: Claggart, the Master-at-Arms, calls him “a find in a thousand,” despite the slight defect of a stammer.

His officers enter, and they discuss the revolution in France and the mutinies in the Royal Navy sparked by French ideas of democracy. Dansker, an old sailor, nicknames Billy “Baby Budd” for his innocence.