Billy Budd

More info on Billy Budd

Composer:

Benjamin Britten

Librettist:

Edward Morgan Forster and Eric Crozier after Herman Melville

Premiere:

1 December 1951, London (Covent Garden)

Language:

English

Synopsis:

Billy Budd Synopsis

Libretto:

Billy Budd Libretto

Translation(s):

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About the opera Billy Budd

Billy Budd is an opera by Benjamin Britten, from a libretto by E. M. Forster and Eric Crozier, was first performed at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London on 1 December 1951. It is based on the short novel Billy Budd by Herman Melville.
Forster discussed the novel in his Clark lectures at Cambridge University. He had met Britten before the Second World War and they built up a friendship. In 1948, the question arose of whether Forster would provide a libretto for Britten, and by that November, Britten seems to have mentioned Billy Budd as a possibility. In fact, Forster agreed to this project, and worked with Eric Crozier, a Britten collaborator, to write the opera's libretto.
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Roles in Billy Budd

Captain Vere Tenor
Billy Budd Baritone
John Claggart Bass
Mr. Redburn Baritone
Mr. Flint Bass-Baritone
Lieutenant Ratcliffe Baritone or Bass
Red Whiskers Tenor
Donald Baritone

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Arias from Billy Budd

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2O beauty, O handsomeness, goodness Popularity:

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3We committed his body to the deep Popularity:

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Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

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4Jemmy Legs likes me Popularity:

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5I had to strike down that Jemmy Legs Popularity:

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6I am an old man Popularity:

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7I accept their verdict Popularity:

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8God o' Mercy Popularity:

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