|Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)|
Thomas Oliemans (Baritone), Brindley Sherratt (Bass), Clive Bayley (Bass), Duncan Rock (Baritone), Jacques Imbrailo (Baritone), Toby Spence (Tenor), David Soar (Bass)
Chorus of the Teatro Real – Madrid
Orchestra of the Teatro Real – Madrid
Deborah Warner (Director)
800 litres of water, two sails, thirty pulleys, sixty hammocks: for the Bicentenary of the Teatro Real of Madrid, Deborah Warner coined a colossal production of Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd. A critically-acclaimed performance, praised for its depth and intelligence. Baritone Jacques Imbrailo delivers a stunning rendition of the young sailor’s part, while British singers Toby Spence and Brindley Sherratt provide solid interpretations of Captain ‘Starry’ Vere and of John Claggart. In the pit, Ivor Bolton masterfully deploys, along with the Orchestra of the Teatro Real, all the energy and power of Britten’s fifth opera. A now iconic production, co-produced by the Opera of Rome and the Royal Opera House.