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Brooklyn Academy of Music to present ‘Billy Budd’

“Billy Budd” at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, 2013. Photo by Richard Hubert Smith

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) celebrates Benjamin Britten’s centenary with Michael Grandage’s acclaimed Glyndebourne Festival production of “Billy Budd.” This sweeping production, to take place at BAM from Feb. 7 to 13, transforms the entire stage into lower-deck ship quarters with only a glimpse of the outside world—accentuating the claustrophobia, pent-up tensions and suppressed desires.

In this all-male opera, solo characters are sharply delineated and crowd scenes are imbued with camaraderie. The production premiered in Glyndebourne in 2010. Its successful 2013 revival was hailed “a staging of outstanding perception and visual cohesion” by The Guardian. The BAM presentation features the entire cast from this revival, as well as the Glyndebourne Chorus and London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder. This is the first time the famed festival will travel to the U.S. with its resident orchestra and chorus.

The cast consists of Mark Padmore (Captain Vere), Jacques Imbrailo (Billy Budd), Brindley Sherratt (Claggart), Stephen Gadd (Mr. Redburn) and David Soar (Mr. Flint).

Performances will take place on Feb. 7, 9, 11 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House (30 Lafayette Ave). Tickets start at $30.

February 3, 2014 - 8:00am


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