The Beggar's Opera

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Benjamin Britten

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English

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About the opera The Beggar's Opera

The Beggar's Opera is a ballad opera in three acts written in 1728 by John Gay with music arranged by Johann Christoph Pepusch. It is one of the watershed plays in Augustan drama and is the only example of the once thriving genre of satirical ballad opera to remain popular today. Ballad operas were satiric musical plays that used some of the conventions of opera, but without recitative. The lyrics of the airs in the piece are set to popular broadsheet ballads, opera arias, church hymns and folk tunes of the time.

In 1948, Benjamin Britten created an adaptation with new harmonisations and arrangements of pre-existing tunes. Additional dialogue was written by the producer, Tyrone Guthrie. Peter Pears was the first singer of Macheath.

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Arias from The Beggar's Opera

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1If the heart of a man is depressed with cares Popularity:

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Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

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2I, like a ship in storms, was tossed Popularity:

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Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

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3If love the virgin's heart invade Popularity:

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Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

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4Man may escape from rope and gun Popularity:

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Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

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5O cruel, cruel case! Popularity:

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Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

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6Thus gamesters united in friendship Popularity:

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Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

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7Tis woman that seduces all mankind Popularity:

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8Virgins are like the fair flower Popularity:

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Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

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9I'm like a skiff on the ocean tossed Popularity:

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Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

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10When young at the bar (Ungrateful Macheath!) Popularity:

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Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

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