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A major new production of Britten's masterpiece. Read More >

Neil Armfield directs the London premiere of this WNO/Opera Australia production of Britten’s masterpiece.

From the moment Billy Budd joins the Indomitable, the boat of Captain Vere sailing in the French wars of 1797, he is mistrusted by the evil Claggart, who does all he can to bring about his downfall…

Andrew Litton conducts a glittering cast including Simon Keenlyside, in the title role, John Tomlinson and Timothy Robinson, making his role debut as Captain Vere.

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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 03/12/2005

Closing Night: 17/12/2005

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Cast & Creative


Simon Keenlyside, John Tomlinson, Timothy Robinson, Ashley Holland, Pavlo Hunka, Gwynne Howell, Adrian Thompson


Producer - WNO/Opera Australia

Conductor - Andrew Litton

Lyrics By - E.M. Fortster and Eric Crozier , adapted from Herman Melville's Billy Budd, Foretopman

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St Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4ES

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