Benjamin Britten's opera in four acts, inspired by the story by Herman Melville, on a libretto by E. M. Forster and Eric Crozier, at the Cinema Tiberio, recorded at the Teatro Real in Madrid.
The plot takes place aboard the warship HMS Indomitable, a so-called “Seventy-four” (class of warships that got their name from the fact that they were armed with 74 guns).
The period is that of the French revolutionary wars.
It is the story of the sailor Billy Budd: a handsome, loyal, generous, strong, naive and kind young man who is convicted for an unmade crime.
This Teatro Real production is a co-production with the Opéra National de Paris.