Billy Budd (Britten), 2010

Billy Budd (Britten), 2010

An award-winning opera debut from British theatre director Michael Grandage.

The cast includes Jacques Imbrailo (Billy Budd), John Mark Ainsley (Captain Vere) and Darren Jeffery (Lieutenant Ratcliffe) with conductor Mark Elder and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Extra content - Billy Budd: explore with Alexandra
Opera Specialist Alexandra Coghlan talks to naval historian Dr James Davey and musicologist Dr Imani Mosley to explore Britten’s evocative, ambiguous score.

Billy Budd was the Opera of the Month for March 2022.

Photo: Alastair Muir

Billy Budd (Britten), 2010
  • Billy Budd - full opera

    There’s a fine line between love and hate.

    Inspired by Herman Melville’s novella, Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd is a heart-breaking psychological study of good and evil and the many human shades of grey that lie between. Harnessing the power of a large orchestra and all-male chorus, the opera cr...

Extras

  • Billy Budd: explore with Alexandra

    Salvation and damnation, innocence and corruption, love, hatred and a beautiful boy all collide in Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd.

    Alexandra Coghlan talks to naval historian Dr James Davey and musicologist Dr Imani Mosley to explore Britten’s evocative, ambiguous score.