Listen to our free audio stream of this Benjamin Britten masterpiece.
Prepare for an operatic adventure on the high seas. Our free audio-only stream of Benjamin Britten's Billy Budd sets sail until May 26, with moving music and stunning photos to guide your listening journey.
Based on the novella by Herman Melville, the maritime masterpiece follows an innocent naval recruit who joins the crew of the H.M.S. Indomitable, helmed by a noble captain. But one commanding officer's dark desires cause a tragic turn of events for the beloved young sailor...and himself.
James Conlon conducts a stellar cast—led by Liam Bonner, Richard Croft and Greer Grimsley—in a 2014 production directed by Francesca Zambello. Watch now and take a look at the link below the player to see all the talented artists who brought this production to life.
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Billy Budd: Liam Bonner
Captain Edward Fairfax Vere: Richard Croft
John Claggart: Greer Grimsley
Mr. Redburn: Anthony Michaels-Moore
Mr. Flint: Daniel Sumegi
Lieutenant Ratcliffe: Patrick Blackwell
Red Whiskers: Greg Fedderly
Arthur Jones: Museop Kim
Donald: Jonathan Michie
Dansker: James Creswell
Bosun: Craig Colclough
Novice: Keith Jameson
First Mate: Paul LaRosa
Second Mate: Daniel Armstrong
Novice’s Friend: Valentin Anikin
Maintop: Vladimir Dmitruk
Squeak: Matthew O’Neill
Cabin Boy: Rory Hemmings
Three Chorus Soloists: Omar Crook, James Martin Schaefer and Reid Bruton
Gunner’s Mate: Steve Pence
Offstage Voice: Abdiel Gonzalez
Hurt Sailor: Todd Strange
Sailor with Earring: Gabriel Manro
THE Creative Team
Conductor: James Conlon
Production: Francesca Zambello
Director: Julia Pevzner
Set and Costume Designer: Alison Chitty
Lighting Designer: Alan Burrett
Chorus Master: Grant Gershon
Artistic Director, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus: Anne Tomlinson
Fight Director: Ed Douglas
All production photography by Robert Millard.