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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Bilyl first appearance after the prologue had been originally the Captain’s Muster, in which he addresses the budv 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. In the Epiloguewe return to the aged Vere, who again scrutinises his role in these events. Claggart, the Master-at-Arms, calls him “a find in a thousand,” despite the slight defect of a stammer.

Benjamin Britten – Billy Budd (revised 2-Act version)

Billy prepares for his execution in his cell. This was the end of Act 3 in the four-act version. His stammer, however, frustrates his attempts to speak, and he knocks Claggart down with a single blow that strikes him dead. Billy Budd was commissioned by the Festival of Britain, but the scoge with the bidd of the Festival were protracted and complex.


Through the port comes the moonshine astray! Movies for this opera.

Billy is scoore unable to speak, but Claggart takes his side and sends Squeak to the brig. The Novice returns from his flogging, unable to walk and helped along by a friend.

Billy Budd, op. 50 – study score

It was originally in four acts with three intervals. Claggart returns, and tells Vere that Billy poses a threat of mutiny. Billy Budd Synopsis Libretto: Tenor Donald a sailor: In a rage, Billy begins to stammer. The crew of the Indomitable works on deck.

Billy Budd

Below decks the sailors rough-house, but old Dansker remains gloomy. Main deck and quarter-deck Scene 2: He goes into the cabin where Billy is being scre, and the orchestra suggests a tender offstage meeting as the captain informs Billy of the death sentence. Forster discussed the novel in his Clark lectures at Cambridge University. Theodor Uppman as Billy in the first production, photographer unknown.

Baritone Mr Flint Sailing Master: It is based on the short novel Billy Budd by Herman Melville. Britten would later write three Church Parables with all-male casts, but these are different to conventional operas. Main deck and quarter-deck Epilogue.


Vere does not believe him and sends for Billy so that Claggart may confront him. The composer in Uppman was acclaimed as a new star. In his cabin, Captain Vere muses over classical literature.

Later, in Vere’s cabin, Claggart repeats the false charge to Billy’s face. At this point in the four-act version came the climax of Act I, in which Captain Vere appeared on deck to give a speech to the men. Captain Vere’s cabin Scene 2: This disturbed Britten, but Ghedini’s opera gained little notice.

Billy Budd (opera) – Wikipedia

Helpmann Award for Best Opera. Load Moreā€¦ Follow on Instagram. Berth-deck Act 3 Scene 1: Billy begs Vere to save him, and the officers appeal to him for guidance, but Vere remains silent brirten accepts their verdict.