‘For I could have saved him, I could have saved him. He knew it, even his shipmates knew it…’ Britten’s 1951 opera Billy Budd, written with E. M. Forster, takes Hermann Melville’s novella of naval life in the Napoleonic Wars and transforms it into a parable of trust and betrayal.
Driven by emotional and psychological forces as timeless as the sea itself, it’s set to some of the most intensely dramatic music of Britten’s entire career. For its first ever Snape Maltings performance, Garry Walker conducts the company of Opera North’s acclaimed 2016 production in a specially-devised concert staging. Three outstanding British singers – Roderick Williams, Brindley Sherratt and Alan Oke – take the three central roles of Billy, Claggart and the guilt-stricken Captain Vere.