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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In Britten revised the score substantially in preparation for a BBC broadcast, and compressed it into two acts. For slipping and bumping into an officer, the Novice is sentenced to be flogged. Baritone John Claggart Master-at-Arms: It was originally in four acts with three intervals. Sheetmusic for this opera.

Three new sailors, press-ganged from a passing merchant ship, are brought on bkdd. Billy goes for some tobacco to cheer him up, and discovers Squeak rifling through his kit.

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. The Captain is forced to convene an immediate bkllyand the officers find Billy guilty and sentence him to hang.

Billy Budd All-male opera, set at sea. Claggart tells Squeak, the ship’s corporal, to keep an eye on Billy and give him a rough britfen. 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.

Tenor Donald a sailor: Retrieved from ” https: The opera is preceded by a prologue in which Captain Vere, as an old man, ponders the significance of events that took place long ago. It has become part of the repertory of the New York Metropolitan Opera.


Billy Budd (revised 2-Act version)

Baritone Dansker an old seaman: 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.

Baritone Arthur Jones an impressed man: Just before his execution, he praises Vere with his final words, singing “Starry Vere, God Bless you!

The Novice returns from his flogging, unable to walk and helped along by a friend. This was the end of Act 3 in the four-act version. The composer in All composers Search composers Italian composers German composers Austrian composers French composers English composers American composers Russian composers.

Billy Budd – Britten-Pears Foundation

Timpani 6 percussion xylophone, glockenspiel, triangle, woodblock, tambourine, side drum, tenor drum, bass drum, whip, cymbal, suspended cymbal, small gong. This disturbed Britten, but Ghedini’s opera gained little notice. Later, in Vere’s cabin, Claggart repeats the false charge to Billy’s face. The crew of the Indomitable works on deck. The officers take his words as a deliberate provocation and order the men below decks. His officers enter, and they discuss the revolution in France and the mutinies in the Royal Navy sparked by French ideas of democracy.

Britten would later write three Church Parables with all-male casts, but these are different to bklly operas. Billy Budd by Herman Melville. Two-act version The zcore is preceded by a prologue in britteb Captain Vere, as an old man, ponders the significance of events that took place long ago.


Billy Budd

Dansker, an old sailor, nicknames Billy “Baby Budd” bily his innocence. Scoore opera in fact premiered after the Festival had finished. This is the only all-male opera in the standard opera house repertoire.

Mini-feature of the Glyndebourne production of Billy Budd 6: He orders the Novice to try to bribe Billy into joining a mutinyand the broken-spirited Novice quickly agrees. Britten revised the opera in by converting it into two acts, and cutting a scene where Captain Vere musters the troops.

Claggart then accuses Billy, who is called in by Vere to defend himself. Below decks the sailors rough-house, but old Dansker remains gloomy. He had met Britten before the Second World War and they built up a friendship.

All opera sheetmusic Soprano sheetmusic Mezzo Soprano sheetmusic Tenor sheetmusic Baritone sheetmusic Bass sheetmusic. Through the port comes the moonshine astray! Tenor Billy Budd foretopman: As he recalls Billy’s blessing, he realises he has discovered genuine goodness and can be at peace with himself. This page was last edited on 11 Decemberat The Operas of Benjamin Britten. 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.

Night Mail The Prince of the Pagodas Bass Red Whiskers an impressed man: