Billy Budd

Opera

Writers: Benjamin Britten

Overview

Show Information

Category
Opera
Number of Acts
2
Genres
Cast Size
large
Licensor
None/royalty-free
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, mature adult, young adult, late teen, early teen characters

Synopsis

Billy Budd is proud to be a new sailor aboard the H.M.S. Indomitable. Nevertheless, Billy's strength, confidence, and ability threaten the evil Master-at-arms, John Claggart. Claggart takes it upon himself to have his lackeys torment Billy. When this effort fails, Claggart goes to Captain Vere and accuses Billy of organizing a mutiny. While Vere does not believe Claggart, he is forced to call Billy in to face his accuser. Unable to speak due to his shock, Billy simply punches Claggart in the face, killing him. To the dismay of the crew and many officers, Billy is hanged for the crime.

Lead Characters