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Opera `Billy Budd` (1951), op. 50 (Britten)

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Opera `Billy Budd` (1951) op. 50


An opera in four acts, op. 50
Text: E.M. Forster (1897-1970) and Eric Crozier (1914-1994), adapted from the story of Herman Melville (1819-1891) (German translation by Alfred H. Unger)
Revised:...Read more
An opera in four acts, op. 50
Text: E.M. Forster (1897-1970) and Eric Crozier (1914-1994), adapted from the story of Herman Melville (1819-1891) (German translation by Alfred H. Unger)
Revised: September 1960; reduced to two acts
First performance: 1 Dec 1951, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London (Benjamin Britten conductor, Douglas Robinson - chorus master, Peter Pears - Captain Vere, Theodor Uppman - Billy Budd)
Duration: 152.0`
Commissioned: The Arts Council of Great Britain, for the Festival of Britain, 1951
Dedication: To George and Marion, December 1951

4 acts version (1951):
Prologue
Act I (duration: 35)
Scene 1: The main deck and quarter-deck of HMS Indomitable
(Deleted scene from original four act version)
Act II (duration: 45)
Scene 1: The Captains cabin
Scene 2: The berth-deck
Act III (duration: 46)
Scene 1: The main deck and quarter-deck
Scene 2: The Captains cabin
Act IV (duration: 26)
Scene 1: A bay of the upper gun-deck
Scene 2: The main deck and quarter-deck
Epilogue

2 act version (1960):
Prologue
Act I
Scene 1: The main deck and quarter-deck of HMS Indomitable
Scene 2: The Captains cabin
Scene 3: The berth-deck
Act II
Scene 1: The main deck and quarter-deck
Scene 2: The Captain`s cabin
Scene 3: A bay of the upper gun-deck
Scene 4: The main deck and quarter-deck
Epilogue

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Billy Budd - Peter Glossop, Captain Vere - Peter Pears, John Claggart - Michael Langdon, Mr. Redburn - John Shirley-Quirk, Mr. Flint - Bryan Drake, Mr. Ratcliffe - David Kelly, Red Whiskers - Gregory Dempsey, Donald - David Bowman, Dansker - Owen Brannigan, Novice - Robert Tear, Squeak - Robert Bowman, Bosun - Delme Bryn-Jones, First Mate - Eric Garrett, Second Mate - Norman Lumsden, Maintop - Nigel Rogers, Novice`s Friend - Benjamin Luxon, Cabin Boy - James Newby, Arthur Jones - James Coleby, G
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