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Herman Melville’s unfinished “Billy Budd”

This week the Met performs Britten’s Billy Budd.

Based on Herman Melville’s unfinished Billy Budd, the opera reveals the drama of the Royal Navy (1797); a young, charismatic, innocent, orphaned seaman accused of mutiny; and the court-martial panel. I’ll let you guess how it ends….or you can read/see for yourself! I’m hoping the Met puts it On Demand pronto, it’s been a long time waiting!

The New York Times review by Tommasini claims that Britten

presents a piercing psychological study of good and evil, innocence and twisted envy, and the ambiguity of attraction…

and that the crew

deserved every moment of the huge ovation they received

Check out the whole review here.

If you are as eager as I was, check out the Met’s sneak preview!