britten / billy budd

Billy Budd

BOX OFFICE: 515.961.6221

EVENING SHOWS July 1 | July 11 | July 14

Music by Benjamin Britten
Libretto by E. M. Forster and Eric Crozier
Performed in English with English supertitles
First Performance: London Covent Garden, December 1, 1951
Company Premiere

One of opera’s most strikingly theatrical and grandly scaled masterpieces, Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd tells the story of the persecution and destruction of a pure-hearted young sailor by a predatory master-at-arms. From rollicking sea shanties to bombastic choral episodes, Britten’s searing opera will roar to life in a spectacular new production featuring baritone Craig Verm in the title role. Based on Herman Melville’s classic American tale, adapted by English novelist E.M. Forster, Billy Budd transforms a British man o’ war into a crucible for human faith and error.

By arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., publisher and copyright owner. Revised orchestration by Steuart Bedford

Billy BuddCraig Verm
Edward Fairfax VereRoger Honeywell
John ClaggartZachary James
Mr. RedburnDennis Jesse
Mr. FlintFederico De Michelis
Lieutenant RatcliffeKristopher Irmiter
Red WhiskersSteve Sanders
DonaldMichael Adams
DanskerThomas Hammons
NoviceChristian Sanders
Novice’s FriendEmmett O'Hanlon
SqueakRyan C. Connelly
The BosunTimothy Bruno
MaintopChris Carr
Arthur JonesTed Pickell
1st MateBrandon Hendrickson
2nd MateJesse Stock

ConductorDavid Neely
Stage DirectorKristine McIntyre
Associate ConductorJohn Spencer IV
Assistant Stage DirectorOctavio Cardenas
Stage Combat DirectorBrian Robertson
Chorus MasterLisa Hasson
Musical PreparationGeoffrey Loff
Scenic DesignerR. Keith Brumley
Costume DesignerJonathan Knipscher
Lighting & Projection DesignerBarry Steele
Make-Up/Hair DesignerBrittany Crinson for Elsen Associates
Stage ManagerBrian August