Glyndebourne has a proud association with the operas of Benjamin Britten, however until 2010 had never staged Billy Budd. The all-male opera with a libretto co-written by EM Forster, is based on the battle between pure good and blind evil, and is set on a British man- o-war ship. Michael Grandage, Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse, chose this work to make his long-awaited operatic debut. Sir Mark Elder returned to conduct, marking the 100th opera production in his illustrious career.
This is the most compelling Billy Budd available on video. Perfomance ***** Picture and Sound **** BBC MUSIC DVD CHOICE --BBCMusic Magazine,July'11
Mark Elder has proven with Peter Grimes and Gloriana that the large-scale Britten operas suit him marvellously.This Billy Budd is a similarly immense achievement,clearly recognized as such in the ovations accorded Elder by the Glyndebourne audience. --IRR,July/Aug'11
With the LPO on top form,mark Elder conducts a performance of impeccable class which never takes the drama to the edge. --Gramophone,Sept'11