Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd: Libretto (An Opera in Two Acts) [Benjamin Britten, E.M. Forster, Eric Crozier, Herman Melville] on *FREE* shipping. Sheet Music – £ – Libretto to Billy Budd, an opera in two acts, for soli, choir, and orchestra. Libretto by E. M. Forster and Eric Crozier, adapted from the story. BENJAMIN BRITTEN’S sixth opera, ‘Billy Budd’, with libretto by. E. M. Forster and Eric Crozier, was presented for the first time at the Royal Opera House, Covent.

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O God, grant me light to guide us, to guide us all!

Life’s not all play upon a man-of-war. Expect action at any time. Vere raises the body. I can’t stand any more. Man the braces, Mr. Solo bass – Claggart Sir John Tomlinson. Simon Keenlyside baritone – Billy Budd. Quentin Hayes baritone – Donald. He reflects billg the conflict between good and evil, he is tormented by libreetto over the case of Billy Budd on board his ship, HMS Indomitablesome years earlier. It’s here for good.


They all like me. They toast the king and drink confusion to the French. It has become part of the repertory of the New York Metropolitan Opera.

Retrieved 26 April Can’t see your face, and dark, is isn’t it? You heard what he called out. It’s against the law.

VERE Be so good as to leave me! Oh, what a ship! They say I was a When Britten conducted the opera’s premiere, in its original form of four acts, it received 17 curtain calls. When Dansker expresses the wish for a plug of tobacco, Billy offers to get him one and discovers Squeak interfering with his kit.

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Billy obeys Vere and goes into a small stateroom at the back of the cabin. Alan Opie baritone – Mr Hudd. Claggart goes out along the deck.

Do you want worse? The officers take his words as a deliberate provocation and order the men below decks. Having seen you, what choice remains to me? Donald, I don’t mind.


Billy Budd, op. 50 – libretto

His final words are a blessing to Captain Vere before he is finally hanged. Billy calls out “Starry Vere, God bless you!

Down with the French. Don’t come to me with so foggy a tale. We’ll go on deck.

VERE Justice must be done. No, he likes me. Give me the money.