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Prospect recommends: Billy Budd

By David Benedict  

Jacques Imbrailo as Billy Budd


Jacques Imbrailo as Billy Budd

Billy Budd dir Michael Grandage, Glyndebourne, 26th May-2nd June, Tel: 01273 813 813

After ten years of discussion, theatre director Michael Grandage is finally making his opera debut. Yet that decade of anticipation wilts beside the 59 years Glyndebourne audiences have waited for the house’s first-ever staging of Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd. There were, literally, sound reasons for the delay. The opera’s orchestra was too big for the pit in the old building. Even now, decisions are still being made about where to place…

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