Benjamin Britten (1913 – 1976)
Oper in zwei Akten mit Prolog und Epilog. Libretto von Edward Morgan Forster und Eric Crozier nach Herman Melvilles Roman „Billy Budd“. Uraufführung am 1. Dezember 1951 am Royal Opera House in London; Neufassung: 1961. Premiere an der Deutschen Oper Berlin am 22. Mai 2014.
In English language with German and English surtitles
|Moritz Gnann (06.06.2014)|
|Jörg Schörner (31.05.2014 | 06.06.2014)|
|Noel Bouley (03.06.2014 | 06.06.2014)|
|Ben Wager (03.06.2014 | 06.06.2014)|
|Simon Pauly (03.06.2014 | 06.06.2014)|
|Heiner Boßmeyer (03.06.2014 | 06.06.2014)|
|Tadeusz Milewski (06.06.2014)|
|Herrenchor und Herrenextrachor der Deutschen Oper Berlin|
|Kinderchor der Deutschen Oper Berlin|
|Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin|
The second of Benjamin Britten's “maritime” operas revolves around the dramatic events on board the warship “Indomitable”. As with PETER GRIMES before it, this story, too, has no truck with oceanic idylls and the image of the jolly sailor. Life at sea is tough, the code of conduct in the male environment unbending. The constant menace posed by skirmishes and the natural environment hardens the souls of individuals and leaves no room for love and affection except in perverted form.
Even though Captain Vere, master of the “Indomitable”, makes no bones of his fondness for the young seaman, Billy Budd, he does not come to his aid when the boy is condemned to hang for mutiny after killing Claggart, the sadistic armourer, in a fit of passion. Edward Morgan Forster and Eric Crozier wrote the libretto based on the novella by Hermann Melville, author of “Moby-Dick”. Britten, a life-long critic of injustice and ostracisation, composed the work in 1950/51 in response to a commission from the Royal Opera House Convent Garden. The opera was first performed on 1st December 1951.
Following on from the successful production of PETER GRIMES in January 2013, also by director David Alden and set designer Paul Steinberg, BILLY BUDD is another visually powerful and musically complex opera by Benjamin Britten to be presented by the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
A co-productionwith the English National Opera and the Bolschoi Theatre. Premiered at the English National Opera on 18. June, 2012
Präsentiert von taz.die tageszeitung, tip berlin and Wall AG.
Pre-performance lecture (in German): 45 minutes prior to each performance