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The Tom Paine effect: Billy Budd in Lewes | reviews, news & interviews

The Tom Paine effect: Billy Budd in Lewes

The Tom Paine effect: Billy Budd in Lewes

Set-up for a link between Glyndebourne and the 'Rights of Man' at the Tom Paine Printing PressDavid Nice

When Billy Budd, too-innocent hero of Britten's opera by way of Melville's trouble-at-sea novella, bids farewell to the Rights o'Man, his superior officers prick up their ears at the implications of mutiny. It's a ship he hymns, but the connection is first and foremost with Thomas Paine's revolutionary tract.

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