Billy Budd

MUSIC BY BENJAMIN BRITTEN

 

When young Billy is pressed into naval service aboard the H.M.S. Indomitable, the recruit’s youth and innocence arouse devotion from the crew, but a commanding officer’s suspicions and dark desire threaten to throw order into chaos. Britten's tempestuous masterpiece based on the novella by Herman Melville returns to San Francisco Opera for the first time in 15 years.

Production New to San Francisco Opera

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Sung in English with English supertitles


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RUNNING TIME

Approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes including one intermission

WHO SHOULD SEE IT

Fans of history, Moby Dick author Herman Melville, and high-seas adventures like Mutiny on the Bounty

FOUND IN SERIES

Full Series: A, D*, G, J, M
Half Series: C, E*, I, K, N, W
Out of Town Series: OOT1, OOT2, OOT3
*Best Value Series

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Saturday 09/07/19 7:30PM
Thursday 09/12/19 7:30PM *
Sunday 09/15/19 2:00PM *
Tuesday 09/17/19 7:30PM
Friday 09/20/19 7:30PM
Sunday 09/22/19 2:00PM *
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* OperaVision, HD video projection screens featured in the Balcony level for this performance, is made possible by the Koret/Taube Media Suite.

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THE BUZZ

“A perfect piece of musical storytelling. It should be mandatory viewing for lovers and haters of opera alike.”
The Arts Desk

“A richness and power unlike any performance I’ve heard… This may well be the operatic event of the year.”
New York Public Radio (WQXR)

“Something remarkable had happened, and the audience knew it.”
The New York Times

 

Synopsis

A young sailor's innocence arouses devotion among his shipmates, but a commanding officer's suspicions threaten to throw law and order into chaos.

 

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CAST AND CREATIVE

CAST
Captain Vere William Burden
Billy Budd John Chest *
John Claggart Christian Van Horn
Mr. Redburn Philip Horst
Mr. Flint Wayne Tigges
Red Whiskers Robert Brubaker
Novice Brenton Ryan
Squeak Matthew O'Neill
Donald John Brancy
Bosun Edward Nelson
First Mate Sidney Outlaw
Second Mate Kenneth Overton
Novice's Friend Eugene Villanueva
Dansker Phillip Skinner

PERFORMANCES

Sep 7, 12, 15, 17, 20, 22

CREATIVE
Conductor Lawrence Renes
Production Michael Grandage *
Revival Director Ian Rutherford
Production Designer Christopher Oram *
Original Lighting Designer Paule Constable
Chorus Director Ian Robertson

* San Francisco Opera debut

A Glyndebourne production.

 

Previous performances of Billy Budd can be found in our Archive.

MADE POSSIBLE BY

John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn; Bernard and Barbro Osher; Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem; and Joan and David Traitel.

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