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Classical Classroom

Classical Classroom, Ep 99: Daron Hagen On Britten And His Budd

Composer Daron Hagen talks about Benjamin Britten and his opera on the high seas, Billy Budd.


Photo of composer Daron Hagen holding a lamp base.
From Daron Hagen's website.
Composer Daron Hagen.
The opera Billy Budd was written by Benjamin Britten with a libretto by E.M. Forster and based on a short novel by Herman Melville, PLUS there are a lot explosions and pirates! Okay. Not really pirates, but close! Composer Daron Hagen teaches all about Britten and this opera with an all-star cast of creators.

Music in this episode all from Britten Conducts Britten: Operas, Vol. 1 – Albert Herring / Billy Budd / Owen Wingrave / Peter Grimes on Decca.

Audio production by Todd “Tim Riggins” Hulslander with clear eyes and full heart by Dacia Clay and editing by Mark DiClaudio.