Glyndebourne has a proud association with the operas of Benjamin Britten, however until 2010 had never staged Billy Budd. The all-male opera with a libretto co-written by EM Forster, is based on the battle between pure good and blind evil, and is set on a British man-‘o-war ship.
Michael Grandage, Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse, chose this work to make his long-awaited operatic debut. Sir Mark Elder returned to conduct, marking the 100th opera production in his illustrious career.
CAST Captain Vere: John Mark Ainsley Billy Budd: Jacques Imbrailo Claggart: Phillip Ens Mr Redburn: Iain Paterson Mr Flint: Matthew Rose Lieutenant Ratcliffe: Darren Jeffery Red Whiskers: Alasdair Elliott Donald: John Moore Dansker: Jeremy White Novice: Ben Johnson Squeak: Colin Judson Bosun: Richard Mosley-Evans
The Glyndebourne Chorus London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Mark Elder Director: Michael Grandage
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