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Opera North: Billy Budd – The Lowry, Salford

Opera North's Billy Budd

Composer: Benjamin Britten Librettist: E.M.Forster &Eric Crozier after the story by Herman Melville Director: Orpha Phelan Conductor: Garry Walker Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent Opera North has assembled an incredibly varied season this autumn; firstly Strauss, then Britten and finally Puccini. This attests to the wealth of talent that Opera North boats as well as the versatility of its members and the ...

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Billy Budd – The Grand, Leeds

Photo credit Clive Barda

Music: Benjamin Britten Libretto: E.M. Forster Director: Orpha Phelan Conductor: Garry Walker Reviewer: Sue Collier This Opera North production of Billy Bud is in two acts and is based on the short story Billy Budd by Herman Melville. The story is set in 1797, at a time when the French are revolting and there is great enmity between Britain and ...

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Billy Budd – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer - Herman Melville Director: Seb Harcombe Reviewer: Kat Pope [rating:4] A man sits on a chair front of stage, blindfolded. Whale song plays in the background and sounds like so many human voices in pain. The lights pop out. A gut-wrenching scream of agony pierces the darkness and we find ourselves marooned in Herman Melville's world of the cruel ...

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Billy Budd – English National Opera at the Coliseum, London

Composer: Benjamin Britten Libretto: E.M. Forster and Eric Crozier Director: David Alden Reviewer: Lilla Grindlay [rating:3.5] Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd is the tragic tale of an idealistic young man who is press-ganged to join the crew of the ship the HMS Indomitable in 1797. Billy is a strong and able sailor with only one physical defect – an occasional stammer. ...

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