Rare Met revival of Britten’s shipboard opera

May 7, 2012 • Entertainment

In this Wednesday, May 2, 2012 photo, James Morris performs as John Claggart during the final dress rehearsal of Benjamin Britten’s “Billy Budd” at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

NEW YORK (AP) — Absent from the Metropolitan Opera for 15 years, Benjamin Britten’s great maritime tragedy “Billy Budd” has made a brief but welcome return in the season’s closing days.

If the lead singers were a variable lot at Friday’s premiere, the night was still a success because the real stars of the show — the conductor, the chorus and the set — all performed magnificently.

That set, designed by William Dudley for the 1978 John Dexter production, is a cutaway depiction against a black background of the H.M.S. Indomitable, a British Login to read more

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