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Billy Budd, a Song of Innocence
Saturday 10 December 2005 19:55-20:15 (Radio 3)
Tim Healey has been interested in Britten's work ever since singing on the first recording of the composer's War Requiem as a choirboy. He considers the sources of Britten's inspiration when he wrote this nautical opera, mainly Herman Melville's novella of the same name, which itself referred back to mutinies in both the US Navy and the Royal Navy.