Billy Budd 2013

Your reviews of the Festival 2013 production

Billy Budd Festival 2013, Photo Richard Hubert Smith

Billy Budd on Saturday was incandescent: it glowed and grew. I saw it two years ago and this time it was like a new production, tauter and finer. The Vere, the Claggart and the Budd, all of whom seemed to own their roles, the sinuous, rich conducting, got to the heart of this great work. I have never heard it better done.

Peter Bradley 12th August 2013

I doubt that I'll still be around for Britten's bicentenary in 2113, but I suspect it will take at least 100 years to produce a finer Billy Budd than this one. Still a few tickets left - sell your granny NOW.

Terry Skelding 12th August 2013

The finest production I have seen at Glyndebourne in more than forty years. Banish all your upstart directors with their patronising ways and treasure this Grandage.

Robert Lewis 12th August 2013

To that pantheon of Glyndebourne greats - productions which cannot be bettered and which live on in the memory (remember Intermezzo, Arabella, Porgy and Bess, Midsummer Night's Dream, Albert Herring, Turn of the Screw - to name but a few - is now added the 2013 revival of Billy Budd. Great when new two years back, now matured and superb. Design, singing, acting, movement, production could not be bettered. Not a concept in sight but well produced drama sung to the highest possible musical standards. I am not going to mention individual singers for they were all good - even the smallest part being played with skill and conviction. This is what opera can be like - Britten will not have a better production in his centenary year. Thanks to everyone concerned.

Derek Hyde 12th August 2013

It is hard to imagine a better night in the theatre of any kind, anywhere. I thought so when we saw Billy Budd in 2010, and if anything this revival exceeded my expectations. It was a privilege to be there.

Anonymous 12th August 2013

Accompanied by friends who had not been to Glyndebourne before,this production was truly captivating and will live with us for sometime-beautifully highlighting Britten Brilliance!

Amanda Owen 15th August 2013

Visually and vocally powerful, with moments of though provoking tenderness that were surprisingly heart breaking. Even days after the opening night I still feel the emotion of the performance.

Simply outstanding - well done to all involved. I find it hard to image that it will ever be bettered.

ja.art 14th August 2013

The moral conflicts and ambiguities of life in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic wars were conveyed extraordinarily powerfully by the music and the set. The tension and brooding evil of Claggart were almost palpable.

I don't think the concept of human rights was a feature of life in this country then!

A wonderful music drama.

Angus McPherson 13th August 2013

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