Review: Britten’s Billy Budd at Glyndebourne

From the opening night of 2010 Glyndebourne, David Nice reviews Britten’s Billy Budd for The Arts Desk:

“What really carries the emotion through to the quiet final bars is the total authority of Mark Elder’s conducting. Every chord-colour, every little woodwind solo that protests or mutters around the male voices makes its mark. You always hear the inner detail of the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Glyndebourne, but I’ve never been more aware of the team as absolute equals with their counterparts on stage.”

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3 Responses to Review: Britten’s Billy Budd at Glyndebourne

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  2. Derek Carver says:

    Why do most directors of this opera get it wrong and get carried away by the brutal discipline. There was discipline, of course, – harsh discipline because those were rough times – but it was an efficient fighting ship NOT a prison ship as portrayed in the opening of this production. “Heave away heave” depicts the tedious buffing of the decks not viscious oppression. If the sailors (and most would have been ‘sailors’) were so very oppressed they would have hated Billy, who was clearly ‘a good guy’ and no rebel. But they didn’t. He was popular. So there’s the clue.

    Those who’ve been in the services know the difference between heavy discipline and mindless cruelty


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