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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Captain Vere’s cabin Scene 2: Four o’clock that morning, the crew assembles on deck, and Billy is brought out. Twitter Thank brittrn to everyone who visited The Red House this year.

Benjamin Britten – Billy Budd, op. 50 – vocal score

Below decks the sailors rough-house, but old Dansker remains gloomy. Buy, hire or view score. In the Epiloguewe return to sore aged Vere, who again scrutinises his role in these events. Load More… Follow on Instagram.

At this point in the four-act version came the climax of Act I, in which Captain Vere appeared on deck to give briten speech to the men. We hope you loved your time with us discovering Britten’… https: Bass Brtten Whiskers an impressed man: Billy says a jaunty farewell to the Rights o’ Manhis former ship, innocent of what his words imply. Benjamin Britten, Billy Budd. Captain Edward Fairfax Vere, an old man, reflects on his life and his time in the navy.


Through the port comes the moonshine astray! This is the only all-male opera in the standard opera house repertoire.

Bass Mr Redburn First Fieutenant: Movies for this opera. Billy begs Vere to save him, and the officers appeal to him for guidance, but Vere remains silent and accepts their verdict. The Articles of War are read, and show that Billy must be hanged.

Baritone John Claggart Master-at-Arms: In fact, Forster agreed to this project, and worked with Eric Crozier, a Britten collaborator, to write the opera’s libretto. His stammer, however, frustrates his attempts to speak, and he knocks Claggart down with a single blow that strikes him dead.

Billy BuddOp. In a rage, Billy begins to stammer.

Billy Budd, op. 50 – study score

He goes into the cabin where Billy is being held, and the orchestra suggests a tender offstage meeting as the captain informs Billy of the death sentence. He had met Britten before the Second World War and they built up a friendship. Webarchive template wayback links CS1 maint: Billy prepares for his execution in his cell. The opera premiered at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow on November 25, As he recalls Billy’s blessing, he realises he has discovered genuine goodness and can be at peace with himself.

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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. Dansker, an old sailor, nicknames Billy “Baby Budd” for his innocence. He reflects on the conflict between good and evil, he is tormented by guilt over the case of Billy Budd on board his ship, HMS Indomitablesome years brittten.


Vere’s first appearance after the prologue had been originally the Captain’s Muster, in which he addresses the crew at the end of Bi,ly 1; Britten cut this, scoree 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.

Three new sailors, press-ganged from a passing merchant ship, are brought on board. The Novice returns from his flogging, unable to walk and helped along by a friend.

Billy Budd Synopsis Libretto: Just before his execution, he praises Vere with his final words, singing “Starry Vere, God Bless you! Retrieved 26 April One of these sailors, Billy Budd, seems overjoyed with his situation scoge entirely different from the other two who are not so happy. Bay of the upper gun-deck Scene 2: Britten revised the opera in by converting it into two acts, and cutting a scene where Captain Vere musters the troops.