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DVD + Blu-Ray:
Britten: Billy Budd

Author: Bel Air Media

800 liters of water, 2 sails, 30 pulleys, 60 hammocks : Deborah Warner's critically acclaimed production of "Billy Budd" now out on DVD & Blu-ray !

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“Oh, what have I done?” Captain Edward Fairfax Vere, former commander of the H.M.S. Indomitable asks himself with horror at the beginning of the opera, before recounting the tragic events that took place aboard his ship in 1797. The story revolves around a young model sailor, Billy Budd, and John Claggart, the unscrupulous master-at-arms obsessed and crazed by Billy’s angelic beauty; and follows the characters in their fall down to the most infernal depths of perversion and psychosis, exploring the themes of innocence, culpability, individual responsibility and justice.

In this ambiguous and symbolic tale, drawn from Herman Melville’s last masterpiece, the composer Benjamin Britten, who returns for the occasion to symphonic opera and its infinite possibilities, unsettles and disturbs us by revealing the complexity and universality of human experience. Far from writing the characters as allegories of Good and Evil, the opera shows us instead the remorseless logic followed by the surge of one’s darkest desires. But in this opera dominated by masculinity, Deborah Warner goes beyond the story of violence, jealousy and hatred and chooses to focus instead on the collateral beauty produced by comradeship, friendship and forgiveness…

Baritone Jacques Imbrailo delivers a stunning rendition of the young sailor’s part, while Toby Spence and Brindley Sherratt provide solid interpretations of Captain “Starry” Vere and of John Claggart. In the pit, Ivor Bolton masterfully deploys, along with the Orchestra of the Teatro Real, all the energy and power of Britten’s fifth opera.

Genre Opera
Recording location Teatro Real, Madrid
Production year 2017
Duration 173 min
Video format Color, 16/9, NTSC (DVD), Full HD (Blu-ray)
Audio format PCM 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1 (DVD), DTS HD Master Audio 5.1 (Blu-ray)
Director Jérémie Cuvillier
Composer Benjamin Britten
Orchestra / Band Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Real - Madrid
Conductor Ivor Bolton
Stage Director Deborah Warner
Costumes Michael Levine
Soloist Jacques Imbrailo
Soloist Toby Spence
Soloist Brindley Sherratt
Soloist Thomas Oliemans
Soloist David Soar
Soloist Torben Jürgens
Soloist Christopher Gillet
Soloist Duncan Rock
Distribution DVD Naxos Distribution

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