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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Billy Budd, op. 50 – study score

Baritone Arthur Jones an impressed man: All opera sheetmusic Soprano sheetmusic Mezzo Soprano sheetmusic Tenor sheetmusic Baritone sheetmusic Bass sheetmusic.

Once again, Billy begins to stammer in rage.

It is based on the short novel Billy Budd by Herman Melville. Billy goes for some tobacco to cheer him up, and discovers Squeak rifling through his kit. For bud and bumping into an officer, the Novice is sentenced to be flogged.

Tenor Billy Budd foretopman: In the Epiloguewe return to the aged Vere, who again scrutinises his role in these events. Just before his execution, he praises Vere with his final words, singing “Starry Vere, God Bless you!

Vere’s first appearance after the prologue had been originally the Captain’s Muster, in which he blily 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. Billy Budd Libretto Translation s: In his cabin, Captain Vere muses over classical literature.


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

This page was last edited on 11 Decemberat Claggart then accuses Billy, who is called in by Vere to defend himself. When Britten conducted the opera’s premiere, in its original form of four acts, it received 17 curtain calls. The opera in fact premiered after the Festival had finished.

Boys voices Cabin boy: Main deck and quarter-deck Scene 2: Originally in four acts, it was first performed at the Royal Opera HouseLondon, on 1 December ; it was later revised as a two-act opera with a prologue and an epilogue. Buy, hire or view score. Below decks the sailors rough-house, but old Dansker remains gloomy. Helpmann Award for Best Opera.

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

His stammer, however, frustrates britte attempts to speak, and he knocks Claggart down with a single blow that strikes him dead.

Bass Mr Redburn First Fieutenant: Billy Scote by Herman Melville. Captain Edward Fairfax Vere, an old man, reflects on his life and his time in the navy. List of compositions by Benjamin Britten Category: In Britten revised the score substantially in preparation for a BBC broadcast, and compressed it into two acts. Billy refuses the bribe and believes he will be rewarded, but Dansker warns him to beware of Claggart.


Benjamin Britten, Billy Budd. He had met Britten before the Second World War and they built up a friendship. His officers enter, and they discuss the revolution in France and the mutinies in the Royal Biilly sparked by French ideas of democracy.

Billy Budd (revised 2-Act version)

The Articles of War are read, and show that Billy must be hanged. Captain Vere’s cabin Act 4 Scene 1: Archived from the original on 9 March At the court martial Vere fails to speak up for Billy, budd is then condemned. 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 earlier.

Biloy has become part of the repertory of the New York Metropolitan Opera. Forster discussed the novel in his Clark lectures at Cambridge University.

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