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Billy Budd

Conducted by Garry Walker, Opera North bring their acclaimed 2016 production to Aldeburgh Festival for the first ever performance of Billy Budd at Snape

Saturday 24 June - Sunday 25 June

From £8.00 to £38.00

Snape Maltings Concert Hall

Part of the Aldeburgh Festival season

Sunday 25 June 2017 - 5.00pm

Opera North’s… superb orchestra… delivered a brilliantly vivid, sharply etched account under conductor Garry Walker, full of surging drama and also moments of exquisite contemplation.

The Scotsman

Billy Budd

Benjamin Britten music
Words adapted from the story by Herman Melville by E.M. Forster and Eric Crozier

Concert staging

Cast and Creative Team

Alan Oke Captain Vere
Roderick Williams Billy Budd
Brindley Sherratt John Claggart
Peter Savidge Mr Redburn
Dean Robinson Mr Flint
Callum Thorpe Lieutenant Ratcliffe
Daniel Norman Red Whiskers
Eddie Wade Donald
Conal Coad Dansker
Oliver Johnston Novice
Christopher Nairne The Novice’s Friend
David Llewellyn Squeak
Jeremy Peaker Bosun
Paul Gibson
First Mate
Richard Mosley-Evans
Second Mate
Aled Hall Maintop
Tim Ochala-Greenough
Arthur Jones

The Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North

Garry Walker Conductor
Matthew Eberhardt Assistant Director

‘For I could have saved him, I could have saved him. He knew it, even his shipmates knew it…’ Britten’s 1951 opera Billy Budd, written with E. M. Forster, takes Hermann Melville’s novella of naval life in the Napoleonic Wars and transforms it into a parable of trust and betrayal.

Driven by emotional and psychological forces as timeless as the sea itself, it’s set to some of the most intensely dramatic music of Britten’s entire career. For its first ever Snape Maltings performance, Garry Walker conducts the company of Opera North’s acclaimed 2016 production in a specially-devised concert staging. Three outstanding British singers – Roderick Williams, Brindley Sherratt and Alan Oke – take the three central roles of Billy, Claggart and the guilt-stricken Captain Vere.

Photo by Clive Barda