Tour archive for Billy Budd (Opera or Operetta). 18th October 2016-17th November 2016 [TOUR]


Britten's operas often focus on the way particular worlds deal with an outsider. The outsider in Billy Budd is a young man, press-ganged into naval service on the HMS Idomitable around 1797. His story is told in an opera-length flashback by the ship's captain, Edward Fairfax Vere, who is racked by guilt over Billy's fate. Billy's optimism, good-heartedness and trusting nature wins over all but the most venal of the downtrodden crew. He's keen for promotion, but his charisma and beauty cause the evil master-at-arms, John Claggart (who resembles Iago in Shakespeare's Othello), to plot his destruction. Billy's fatal flaw is that, under pressure, he suffers from a crippling stutter. When Claggart falsely accuses him of fomenting mutiny, in front of a sceptical Vere, Billy cannot find the words to defend himself and strikes Claggart dead. At the subsequent court-martial, Vere must follow the letter of the Articles of War and Billy is condemned to death. Typically, just before his execution, Billy cries out in praise of Vere. Now a very old man, Vere concludes that Billy's blessing has, in fact, saved him. New Production. Sung in English.


Alan Oke (Captain Vere), Roderick Williams (Billy Budd), Alastair Miles (John Claggart), Peter Savidge (Mr Redburn), Adrian Clarke (Mr Flint), Callum Thorpe (Lieutenant Ratcliffe), Daniel Norman (Red Whiskers), Eddie Wade (Donald), Stephen Richardson (Dansker), Oliver Johnston (Novice), Gavan Ring (The Novice's Friend)


Author: Britten
Company(s): Opera North, Nederlandse Reisopera
Conductor: Garry Walker
Director(s): Orpha Phelan, Lynne Hockney (movement director)
Design: Leslie Travers
Costume: Leslie Travers
Lighting: Thomas C. Hase
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Billy Budd

Billy Budd (Opera or Operetta) production archive for QTIX code T543201775. Details of all Billy Budd archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S1877

Archive Listings

17 Nov 16Theatre Royal
10 Nov 16The Lowry
Greater Manchester
3 Nov 16Theatre Royal
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
18 Oct 16
29 Oct 16
Grand Theatre and Opera House
West Yorkshire

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