Sea Music from Debussy to Britten  

  Sea Music from Debussy to Britten The opera Billy Budd received much criticism after its premier from numerous critics. These critics touched upon many aspects of the opera, such as the characters, the libretto, and the music. One critic from the ‘London Music Critic’ wrote a critique on Britten’s composition for the opera. He…

Elusive Depth of Character in Billy Budd

When Billy Budd premiered, it came up against much praise and criticism for its lack of clarity of meaning and characterization. Based on Herman Melville’s almost inexplicable novella, Billy Budd, Sailor, much of the ambiguous nature of the text is preserved, shown in the music, as well as the libretto. Some critics praise the work…

Musical Character and Captain Vere

Benjamin Britten’s, Billy Budd, is about reminiscing on life in ones later years. In this case, Captain Vere, an old man, is examining the choices he made in his life. These choices seem to come at price of good versus evil. One particular choice he made is shown in ‘I accept their verdict.’ This aria…

Overtly Subtle Homosexual Themes in Britten’s Billy Budd

In regards to Britten’s opera, Billy Budd, it seems scholars and critics have come to an understanding that the work carries subtle (and not so subtle) ideas about homosexuality. With Britten and Foster both being homosexual, it is not hard to imagine that an opera written by them would have many underlying themes. I’d like…