The Billy Budd Opera
Performed by the LA Opera
Dorthy Chandler Pavilion
Benjamin Britten Composer
Libretto by English novelist E.M. Forster and writer Eric Crozier
February 22, March 2, 5, 8, 13, and 16
From the LA Opera Website:
Based on Herman Melville’s classic American tale, adapted into a libretto by English novelist E.M. Forster and writer Eric Crozier, Billy Budd tells the story of the persecution and destruction of a pure-hearted sailor by a predatory master-at-arms. It's a tragedy of "sexual discharge gone evil," as Forster described it, and a work that has captivated audiences around the world since its 1951 world premiere.
Leading the all-male cast, baritone Liam Bonner returns for his role debut as Billy, with tenor Richard Croft as Captain Vere. Bass Greer Grimsley makes his LA Opera debut as Claggart, the master-at-arms maddened by Billy’s goodness and beauty. A spectacular production by Francesca Zambello returns to our stage for the first time in 14 years.
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Produced in association with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (London) and the Paris Opera. This production was first seen at Covent Garden on May 30, 1995.