|Lauri Vasar in Berlin (Photo- Hans Jörg Michel)
Billy Budd received its United States première in 1952 at Indiana University with Jack Gillaspy in the title role. Gillaspy went on to have a career primarily in Germany under the name John Gillas.
It was acclaimed by British critics as a masterpiece when published in London, and quickly took its place among the canon of significant works in the United States.
|Jacques Imbrailo at Glyndebourne & Amsterdam
The opera was produced on November 6, 1970 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, with Uppman reprising the title role; the cast also included Richard Lewis as Vere, Geraint Evans as Claggart, Bruce Yarnell as Redburn, Raymond Michalski as Flint, and Arnold Voketaitis as Ratcliffe.
|Lucas Meachem, Craig Verm, Liam Bonner and John Chest
|Teddy Tahu Rhodes in Santa Fe & Sydney
The next scheduled Billy Budd is at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova in April 2015 with Philip Addis in the title role.
|Pietro di Bianco, Michael Hewitt & Michael Scarcelle