Britten - Billy Budd (DVD) | Bel Air BAC154

Britten - Billy Budd (DVD)

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Label: Bel Air

Cat No: BAC154

Format: DVD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 14th September 2018

Contents

Artists

Jacques Imbrailo
Toby Spence
Brindley Sherratt
Thomas Oliemans
David Soar
Torben Jurgens
Christopher Gillet
Duncan Rock
Clive Bayley
Sam Furness
Francisco Vas
Manel Esteve
Gerardo Bullon
Tomeu Bibiloni
Borja Quiza
Jordi Casanova
Isaac Galan
Pequenos Cantores de la ORCAM
Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Real de Madrid

Conductor

Ivor Bolton

Works

Britten, Benjamin

Billy Budd, op.50

Artists

Jacques Imbrailo
Toby Spence
Brindley Sherratt
Thomas Oliemans
David Soar
Torben Jurgens
Christopher Gillet
Duncan Rock
Clive Bayley
Sam Furness
Francisco Vas
Manel Esteve
Gerardo Bullon
Tomeu Bibiloni
Borja Quiza
Jordi Casanova
Isaac Galan
Pequenos Cantores de la ORCAM
Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Real de Madrid

Conductor

Ivor Bolton

About

800 litres 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 Britten’s Billy Budd. A critically-acclaimed performance, praised for its depth and intelligence, and finally available on DVD & Blu-ray!

“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… Tenor Jacques Imbrailo, who knows the title role perfectly, delivers a stunning rendition of the young sailor’s 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 Britten’s fifth opera. A now iconic production, co-produced by the Opera of Rome and the Royal Opera House.

“British director Deborah Warner has created what might be the Billy Budd of the next decade, an instant classic” – bachtrack.com (5 stars)

“The casting, mostly British, of Billy Budd was uniformly top notch, evidently fulfilling the needs and wishes of the production.” – operatoday.com

Cast:
- Billy Budd: Jacques Imbrailo
- Edward Fairfax Vere: Toby Spence
- John Claggart: Brindley Sherratt
- Mr. Redburn: Thomas Oliemans
- Mr. Flint: David Soar
- Lieutenant Ratcliffe: Torben Jürgens
- Red Whiskers: Christopher Gillet -
- Donald: Duncan Rock

Stage direction: Deborah Warner
Sets: Michael Levine
Costumes: Chloe Obolensky
Lighting design: Jean Kalman
Choreography: Kim Brandstrup
Chorus master: Andrés Maspero
Children’s chorus master: Ana Gonzalez

Recorded in HD at the Teatro Real, Madrid in 02/2017
Directed for TV by Jérémie Cuvillier
BBC Music Magazine Award Winnner

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