The Beggar's Opera

Overview

This stage performance of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears' 1948 adaptation of composer John Gay's seminal three-act ballad opera The Beggar's Opera originally aired on the BBC in 1963; it stars Janet Baker as Polly Peachum, Kenneth McKellar as Captain Macheath, Bryan Drake as Lockit and Heather Harper as Lucy Lockit. The English Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of Meredith Davies, lends added musical accompaniment; Colin Graham produced.
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Overview

This stage performance of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears' 1948 adaptation of composer John Gay's seminal three-act ballad opera The Beggar's Opera originally aired on the BBC in 1963; it stars Janet Baker as Polly Peachum, Kenneth McKellar as Captain Macheath, Bryan Drake as Lockit and Heather Harper as Lucy Lockit. The English Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of Meredith Davies, lends added musical accompaniment; Colin Graham produced.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/14/2009
  • UPC: 044007433294
  • Original Release: 1963
  • Rating:

  • Source: Decca
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Restored / Subtitled / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 66,676

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roger Jerome The Beggar
David Kelly Peachum
Bernard Dickerson Filch
Anna Pollak Mrs. Peachum
Janet Baker Polly Peachum
Kenneth McKellar Macheath
Bryan Drake Lockit
Heather Harper Lucy Lockit
Meredith Davies Conductor
Technical Credits
Charles R. Rogers Director
Benjamin Britten Score Composer
John Gay Screenwriter
Colin Graham Producer
Alix Stone Costumes/Costume Designer, Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Beggar's Opera
1. Opening Credits [:23]
2. If Poverty Be a Title to Poetry [:52]
3. Overture [4:25]
4. No. 1: Through All the Employments of Life [1:58]
5. No. 2: 'Tis Woman Who Seduces All Mankind [1:07]
6. A Register of the Gang [:57]
7. No. 3: If Any Wench Venus' Girdle Wear [3:15]
8. No. 4: Virgins Are Like the Fair Flower in Its Lustre [2:32]
9. No. 5: Our Polly Is a Sad Slut! [1:31]
10. No. 6: O Polly, You Might Have Toyed and Kissed [2:26]
11. No. 7: The Turtle Thus With Plaintive Crying [1:58]
12. No. 8: (Melodrama): Now I'm a Wretch, Indeed! [2:34]
13. No. 9: My Heart Was So Free [:31]
14. No. 10: Were I Laid on Greenland's Coast [2:23]
15. No. 11: The Miser Thus a Shilling Sees [2:15]
16. But the Present Time Is Ours [:41]
17. No. 12: Fill Ev'ry Glass [1:57]
18. No. 13: Let Us Take the Road [1:35]
19. No. 14: If the Heart of a Man [1:06]
20. No. 15: Youth's the Season Made for Joys [5:40]
21. No. 16: Before the Barn-Door Crowing [1:19]
22. No. 17: The Gamesters and Lawyers [2:00]
23. No. 18: At the Tree I Shall Suffer With Pleasure [:33]
0. Act Two [:52]
24. Noble Captain, You Are Welcome [2:08]
25. No. 19: Thus When a Good Housewife Sees a Rat [1:37]
26. No. 20: The First Time at the Looking-Glass [:01]
27. No. 21: Is Then His Fate Decreed, Sir? [2:11]
28. No. 22: How Happy Could I Be With Either [2:26]
29. No. 23: Cease Your Funning [1:09]
30. No. 24: Why How Now, Madam Flirt? [2:48]
31. No. 25: No Power on Earth Can Eer Divide [:54]
0. Act Three [4:25]
32. To Be Sure, Wench [1:54]
33. No. 26: When Young at the Bar [1:08]
34. No. 27: Thus Gamesters United in Friendship Are Found [4:01]
35. Look Ye, Mrs. Jenny [1:13]
36. No. 28: The Modes of the Court [:46]
37. No. 29: What Gudgeons Are We Men! [3:30]
38. No. 30: In the Days of My Youth [2:08]
39. No. 31: I'm Like a Skiff on the Ocean Tossed [4:17]
40. No. 32: A Curse Attends a Woman's Love [2:43]
41. No. 33: Come, Sweet Lass [1:38]
42. No. 34: The Charge Is Prepared [:50]
43. No. 35: O Cruel, Cruel Case! [1:49]
44. No. 36: Would I Might Be Hanged! [5:28]
45. No. 37: Thus I Stand Like the Turk - Closing Credits [3:14]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Beggar's Opera
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   Chapters
      Act One
   Britten - Pears Collection Trailer
   Audio
      LPCM Mono
      Enhanced Dolby Mono
   Subtitles
      English
      French
      German
      Spanish
      Subtitles off
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