Billy Budd educator materials

MUSIC BY BENJAMIN BRITTEN

 

When young Billy is pressed into naval service aboard the H.M.S. Indomitable, the recruit’s youth and innocence arouse devotion from the crew, but a commanding officer’s suspicions and dark desire threaten to throw order into chaos. Britten's tempestuous masterpiece based on the novella by Herman Melville returns to San Francisco Opera for the first time in 15 years.


 

Synopsis

A young sailor's innocence arouses devotion among his shipmates, but a commanding officer's suspicions threaten to throw law and order into chaos.

 

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CAST AND CREATIVE

CAST
Captain Vere William Burden
Billy Budd John Chest *
John Claggart Christian Van Horn
Mr. Redburn Philip Horst
Mr. Flint Wayne Tigges
Red Whiskers Robert Brubaker
Novice Brenton Ryan
Squeak Matthew O'Neill
Donald John Brancy
Bosun Edward Nelson
First Mate Sidney Outlaw *
Second Mate Kenneth Overton
Novice's Friend Eugene Villanueva
Dansker Phillip Skinner
CREATIVE
Conductor Lawrence Renes
Production Michael Grandage *
Revival Director Ian Rutherford
Production Designer Christopher Oram *
Original Lighting Designer Paule Constable
Chorus Director Ian Robertson
Grey Block

THE BUZZ

“A perfect piece of musical storytelling. It should be mandatory viewing for lovers and haters of opera alike.”
The Arts Desk

“A richness and power unlike any performance I’ve heard… This may well be the operatic event of the year.”
New York Public Radio (WQXR)

“Something remarkable had happened, and the audience knew it.”
The New York Times