LA Opera on the Air broadcasts continue on Classical 90.5 at noon this Saturday, August 2, with a performance of Billy Budd by Benjamin Britten. The performance will run approximately two hours and thirty minutes.
James Conlon leads the LA Opera Orchestra and Chorus in a spectacular production by Francesca Zambello that returns to the company for the first time in 14 years. Billy Budd is one of Benjamin Britten's most strikingly theatrical and grandly scaled masterpieces. Based on Herman Melville’s classic American tale, adapted into a libretto by English novelist E.M. Forster and writer Eric Crozier, Billy Budd tells the story of the persecution and destruction of a pure-hearted sailor by a predatory master-at-arms. It's a tragedy of "sexual discharge gone evil," as Forster described it, and a work that has captivated audiences around the world since its 1951 world premiere.
Leading the all-male cast, baritone Liam Bonner returns for his role debut as Billy, with tenor Richard Croft as Captain Vere. Bass Greer Grimsley makes his LA Opera debut as Claggart, the master-at-arms maddened by Billy’s goodness and beauty.
Billy Budd: Liam Bonner
Captain Vere: Richard Croft
John Claggart: Greer Grimsley
Mr. Redburn: Anthony Michaels-Moore
Mr. Flint: Daniel Sumegi
Lieutenant Ratcliffe: Patrick Blackwell
Red Whiskers: Greg Fedderly
Arthur Jones: Museop Kim
Donald: Jonathan Michie
Dansker: James Creswell
Bosun: Craig Colclough