Billy Budd

MUSIC BY BENJAMIN BRITTEN

 

Meet Billy. He's handsome, honest and good.
He's also doomed.

 

When young Billy is pressed into naval service, the recruit's youth and innocence arouse devotion from the crew. But one commanding officer's dark desires threaten to end Billy's career — for good. Britten's masterpiece, based on the novella by Herman Melville, returns in a critically acclaimed production from Tony Award-winning director Michael Grandage.

Production New to San Francisco Opera

Meet the Cast

Sung in English with English supertitles


SEE A PERFORMANCE

New seats released in the Dress Circle at $96 for Opening Night, September 7
RUNNING TIME

Approximately 3 hours 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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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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Pre-Opera Talks

Perfect for newcomers, opera aficionados or anyone in between, our pre-opera talks provide an engaging 25-minute overview of the opera. Free to ticketholders, 55 minutes prior to curtain in the Orchestra section. Speaker: Corey Jamason

Opera Previews

Explore Billy Budd in a 90-minute presentation by Jonathan Khuner. Events held thorughout the Bay Area September 3-5 and cost varies by location. Learn more.

Open Curtain

Have you always wanted to see the inner workings of our stage? At select performances, our curtain is open during intermission and we narrate the live changeover. Date: Sunday, September 15.

 

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
Mr. Ratcliffe Christian Pursell
Red Whiskers Robert Brubaker
Novice Brenton Ryan
Maintop Christopher Colmenero *
Squeak Matthew O'Neill
Donald John Brancy
Bosun Edward Nelson
First Mate Sidney Outlaw *
Second Mate Kenneth Overton
Novice's Friend Eugene Villanueva
Dansker Philip Skinner
Arthur Jones Hadleigh Adams

PERFORMANCES

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

CREATIVE
Conductor Lawrence Renes
Production Michael Grandage *
Revival Stage Director Ian Rutherford
Production Designer Christopher Oram *
Original Lighting Designer Paule Constable
Revival Lighting Designer David Manion *
Fight Director Dave Maier
Chorus Director Ian Robertson

* San Francisco Opera debut

A Glyndebourne production, originally performed in the Glyndebourne Festival 2010.

 

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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