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Opera Director Basil Coleman dies

Director staged world premieres of Benjamin Britten's Billy Budd and Gloriana at Covent Garden in the 1950s.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Online Content)

25 March 2013 at 6.09pm | 1 Comment

Director Basil Coleman, renowned for his collaborations with Benjamin Britten, died last week.

Basil produced the world premieres of Billy Budd and Gloriana at Covent Garden in 1951 and 1953 respectively. Away from opera, he directed for the theatrical stage as well as for television, including the BBC's series adaptation of Anna Karenina in the late 1970s.

Our thoughts are with his friends and family.

Photos courtesy of ROH Collections

By Chris Shipman (Head of Online Content)

25 March 2013 at 6.09pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged Basil Coleman, Benjamin Britten, by Benjamin Britten, by Richard Jones, Gloriana, obituary, Production

This article has 1 comment

  1. Nick Rhodes responded on 26 March 2013 at 8:01am Reply

    Basil Coleman was born on 22 November 1916 and died peacefully at his home in South West London on 19 March 2013, aged 96. The short article above doesn't mention that he also produced the world premiere production of Britten's Turn of the Screw in 1954, and directed a remarkable TV production of Billy Budd in 1966 for the BBC.

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