Explore Billy Budd with LA Opera at the El Dorado Library

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Billy Budd with LA Opera

LA Opera will lead a discussion of Billy Budd at El Dorado Library.

What is opera? Opera is a merging of orchestral music, vocal music, dance, and the drama of theater. What is theater? Theater blends cultural diversity, literature, and social studies.

On Saturday, January 11, at 2:00 PM, the El Dorado Neighborhood Library will host a LA Opera Community Educator, who will show a DVD and identify how the themes, highlights, visuals, and music of Benjamin Britten’s opera, Billy Budd are used in films today. 

A powerful tale of innocence and betrayal on the high seas, Billy Budd tells the story of a young sailor whose unwitting actions compel his captain to make a fateful decision. The opera is based on the Herman Melville short novel of the same name which is set on board the battleship HMS Indomitable during the French Revolutionary War in the late 18th century.

Exploring Billy Budd is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Billy Bud is part of the LA Opera Lecture Series, presented by LA Opera’s Community Educators, a team of trained volunteer experts. The LA Opera Lecture Series presents insightful talks on opera’s history, literature, philosophy, and fine arts. Program attendees will be entered into a drawing for a free opera-related gift which will be given out at the end of the presentation.

The El Dorado Neighborhood Library is located at 2900 Studebaker Road. For more information on this program or other Long Beach Public Library services, call 562-570-3136 or visit http://www.lbpl.org.

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