Glyndebourne has a proud association with the operas of Benjamin Britten, however until 2010 had never staged Billy Budd. The all-male opera with a libretto co-written by E.M. Forster, is based on the battle between pure good and blind evil, and is set on a British man-‘o-war ship. Michael Grandage, Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse, chose this work to make his long-awaited operatic debut. Sir Mark Elder returned to conduct, marking the 100th opera production in his illustrious career.
Composer: Benjamin Britten
Captain Vere: John Mark Ainsley
Billy Budd: Jacques Imbrailo
Claggart: Philip Ens
Glyndebourne Festival Opera
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Mark Elder 2010
Plus: Cast Gallery / Introducing Billy Budd / Designs on Billy Budd.
Sound: LPCM Stereo & 5.1 DTS Surround
Region code: All regions
Running time: 200 mins