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Prospect recommends: The best opera this month

By Neil Norman   October 2016

Billy Budd is Benjamin Britten's most psychologically complex opera

Billy Budd Opera North, 18th to 29th October Leeds Grand Theatre then touring UK until 3rd December Benjamin Britten’s most psychologically complex opera is generally regarded as his greatest masterpiece. With a libretto drawn from Herman Melville’s novella by EM Forster and Eric Crozier, Britten fashioned a work that combined epic scale with philosophical intimacy. It was premiered as a four-act opera in 1952 at the Royal Opera House before Britten…

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