CueTV: Where performance lives online. Stream opera, ballet and classical music on your chosen smart device. Built for connoisseurs of the arts, watch some of the world’s finest performances with personalized recommendations and collections of the most beloved works, rarities, concerts, recitals, and more
Billy Budd, Sailor is a novella by American writer Herman Melville, left unfinished at his death in 1891. Acclaimed by critics as a masterpiece when a hastily transcribed version was finally published in 1924, it quickly took its place as a classic second only to Moby-Dick among Melville's works. Billy Budd is a "handsome sailor" who strikes and inadvertently kills his false accuser, Master-at-arms John Claggart. The ship's Captain, Edward Vere, recognizes Billy's lack of intent, but claims that the law of mutiny requires him to sentence Billy to be hanged.
Billy Budd by Britten from Glyndebourne Festival Opera, performed at Glyndebourne Festival Theatre, Glyndebourne, 2010. Directed by Michael Grandage, conductor Mark Elder. Starring John Mark Ainsley (Captain Vere), Jacques Imbrailo (Billy Budd) and Philip Ens (Claggart).
Billy Budd by B. Britten, from Teatro Real - Madrid, 2017. Directed by Deborah Warner, conductor Ivor Bolton, starring Duncan Rock, David Soar, Thomas Oliemans, Toby Spence, Brindley Sherratt, Jacques Imbrailo, Torben Jürgens and Christopher Gillet. Performed in English and subtitled in English, ...