Britten's Billy Budd

Britten's Billy Budd



Donald Macleod presents Opera North and Royal Dutch Opera's collaborative production of Britten's psychological maritime drama Billy Budd, recorded at the Leeds Grand Theatre. Set on board the HMS Indomitable at the close of the 18th century, and adapted from a novella by Herman Melville, Billy Budd was Britten's final work, and captured in lyrical form the riotous mutinies that plagued the Napoleonic Wars. Here, baritone Roderick Williams makes his debut in the role of Billy Budd, the charismatic and handsome able seaman undone by his one fatal flaw. Alan Oke (tenor: Captain Vere), Roderick Williams (baritone: Billy Budd), Alastair Miles (bass: John Claggart), Peter Savidge (baritone: Mr Redburn), Adrian Clarke (bass-baritone: Mr Flint), Callum Thorpe (bass: Lieutenant Ratcliffe), Daniel Norman (tenor: Red Whiskers), Eddie Wade (baritone: Donald), Stephen Richardson (bass: Dansker), Oliver Johnston (tenor: Novice), Gavan Ring (baritone: Novice's Friend), David Llewellyn (tenor: Squeak), Jeremy Peaker (bass: Bosun), Paul Gibson (bass: First Mate), Nicholas Butterfield (bass: Second Mate), Aled Hall (tenor: Maintop), Tim Ochala-Greenough (tenor: Arthur Jones), (Children: Cormac Keating, James Slingsby, Jakub Packo, Daniel Simpson, Lucas Walker).

Cast & Crew

Presenter Donald Macleod
Producer Ruth Thomson