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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Helpmann Award for Best Opera. Billy Budd by Herman Melville. The Novice returns from his flogging, unable to walk and helped along by a friend. Benjamin Britten, Billy Budd.

Tenor Billy Budd foretopman: Claggart then accuses Billy, who is called in by Vere to defend himself. In Britten revised the score substantially in preparation for a BBC broadcast, and compressed it into two acts. The Indomitable attacks, but loses the enemy in the mist. A production by the Glyndebourne Festival Opera marked the operatic directorial debut of the theatre director Michael Grandage. This is the only all-male opera in the standard opera house repertoire.

Rent or view score with reduced orchestration. Views Read Edit View history. Archived from the original on 9 March He had met Britten before the Second World War and they built up a friendship.

Captain Edward Fairfax Vere, an old man, reflects on his life and his time in the navy. The Articles of War are read, and show that Billy must be hanged. Vere’s first appearance after the prologue had been originally the Captain’s Muster, in which he addresses 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.


Forster agreed to this project, and worked with Eric Croziera regular Britten collaborator, to write the opera’s libretto. Mini-feature of the Glyndebourne production of Billy Budd 6: Later, in Vere’s cabin, Claggart repeats the false charge to Billy’s face. Claggart begins to tell Vere about the danger that Billy represents, but is interrupted by the sighting of a French ship.

Billy begs Vere to save him, and the officers appeal to him for guidance, but Vere remains silent and accepts their verdict.

Bass Mr Redburn First Fieutenant: Captain Vere’s cabin Act 4 Scene 1: Forster in performing arts Courts-martial in fiction. 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.

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Billy Budd, op. 50 – vocal score

However, when bdud, Claggart reveals his hatred for Billy and vows to destroy him. At the same time a cutter approaches, returning from a merchant ship where it has pressed three sailors into the Royal Navy. His officers enter, and they discuss the revolution in France and the mutinies in the Royal Navy sparked by French ideas of democracy. He goes into the cabin where Billy is being held, and the orchestra suggests a tender offstage meeting as the brittem informs Billy of the death sentence.

Address Act 2 Scene 1: Archived from the original on 2 March All opera sheetmusic Brittsn sheetmusic Mezzo Soprano sheetmusic Tenor sheetmusic Baritone sheetmusic Bass sheetmusic. Buy, hire or view score. External links for Billy Budd Sheetmusic for this opera on Sheetmusicplus. Billy prepares for his execution in his cell.


Billy BuddOp. Opera by Benjamin Britten. Timpani 6 percussion xylophone, glockenspiel, triangle, woodblock, tambourine, side drum, tenor drum, bass drum, whip, cymbal, suspended cymbal, small gong. This was the end of Act 3 in the four-act version. Baritone Mr Flint Sailing Master: Vere does not believe him and sends for Billy so that Claggart may confront him. One of these sailors, Billy Budd, seems overjoyed with his situation — entirely different from the other two who are not so happy. At the court martial Vere fails to speak up for Billy, who is then condemned.

In the two-act version, Dansker simply tells the others Vere’s nickname, “Starry Vere,” and this is enough for the impulsive Billy to swear his loyalty to the unseen captain.

Billy Budd – Britten-Pears Foundation

acore In his cabin, Captain Vere muses over classical literature. Three new sailors, press-ganged from a passing merchant ship, are brought on board.

Claggart, the Master-at-Arms, calls him “a find in a thousand,” despite the slight defect of a stammer. The opera in fact premiered after the Festival had finished. Theodor Uppman as Billy in the first production, photographer unknown. Four o’clock that morning, the crew assembles on deck, and Billy is brought out. 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.