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The best classical and opera in April 2019—Billy Budd and Viktoria Mullova

Plus the St John Passion at the Royal Festival Hall

Violonist Viktoria Mullova © Heikefischer-Fotografie.d

Violonist Viktoria Mullova © Heikefischer-Fotografie.d

Billy Budd Royal Opera, 23rd April to 10th May It’s hard to believe we’ve not seen a new production of Britten’s heart-rending opera for over two decades at Covent Garden—where it premiered in 1951. First seen in Madrid last year, this co-production comes laden with awards. Updating the action to the 1940s, Deborah Warner and designer Michael Levine provide an abstract staging that steers away from social context and on to psychology. The all-male crew of the HMS…

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