Opera Director Basil Coleman dies
Director staged world premieres of Benjamin Britten's Billy Budd and Gloriana at Covent Garden in the 1950s.
Basil Coleman (producer), Benjamin Britten and Joan Cross during rehearsals for 'Gloriana' (1953) at Orme Square. ©1953 ROH / Roger Wood
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