Benjamin Britten: Billy Budd (Opus Arte DVD 2-disc set)

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Billy Budd (Opus Arte DVD 2-disc set)

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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.

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

Extra features
Introducing Billy Budd
Designs on Billy Budd


"We saw Glyndebourne's Billy Budd during the summer of 2010,it was absolutely fantastic, we immediately enquired about whether it was going to be recorded.. we put our name on the waiting list and it finally arrived last month. We were not dissapointed, the production comes over brilliantly in this filming, very high quality indeed.. and matched in every way the stunning performance and production."

Rating: 17/06/2011 By: Mike Woodward