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Billy Budd

3.9 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: French, Italian, Spanish, German, English, Japanese, Korean
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English, French, German
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Naxos Deutschland Musik & Video Vertriebs-GmbH / Poing
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Sep 2018
  • Run Time: 173 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
  • ASIN: B07FST3KZ4

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800 liters of water, two sails, thirty pulleys, sixty hammocks : for the Bicentenary of the Teatro Real of Madrid, Deborah Warner coined a colossal production of Benjamin Brittens Billy Budd. 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 Billys 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 Melvilles 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 ones 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. Tenor Jacques Imbrailo, who knows the title role perfectly, delivers a stunning rendition of the young sailors part, while British singers 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 Brittens fifth opera.

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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars 12 reviews
The Bruce
5.0 out of 5 starsNaval drama of the highest order
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T. Lewis
1.0 out of 5 starsShame, shame on Allied Artists.
31 December 2002 - Published on Amazon.com
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Bomojaz
5.0 out of 5 starsWonderful adaptation
3 September 2005 - Published on Amazon.com
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General Pete
5.0 out of 5 starsGood movie, if you can find it
21 March 2003 - Published on Amazon.com
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