PERFORMANCE DATES


July 13 | 19 | 25
at 8 pm
July 17 | 21 | 23 | 27 | 31 | August 2 at 2:30 pm
Performed in the Central City Opera House

Central City Opera presents the Colorado premiere of Billy Budd by Benjamin Britten, a swashbuckling and thought provoking tale of morality and memory. Based on the short novel Billy Budd, Sailor by Herman Melville, the opera chronicles the idealistic title character’s forced enlistment in the British Navy aboard the Indomitable during the Napoleonic Wars and the moral dilemma that ensues over crimes he commits in self defense. Billy Budd pans between rambunctious seafaring charm and stark reflection on class, privilege and power.

Running time TBA
Sung in English with Supertitles


Billy Budd
Extras:

  • Free, pre-performance talks 45 minutes prior to every 2019 main stage opera, with the exception of July 30. Seating is limited — arrive early.
  • Opening Night Celebration: July 13
  • Boomer Bus add-on: July 31
  • Opera Bus add-on: July 17 & 27

 

 

Performing Artists

Daniel Norman

Daniel Norman

  • Tenor: Captain Vere, Billy Budd

  • Central City Opera:

    Central City Opera Debut

  • Recently:

    Monostatos, The Magic Flute, English National Opera; First Jew, Salome, English National Opera; The Guard, To See The Invisible, Aldeburgh Festival at Snape Maltings

Joshua Hopkins

Joshua Hopkins

  • Baritone: Billy Budd, Billy Budd 

  • Central City Opera:

    Junius, The Rape of Lucretia, 2008; Argante, Rinaldo, 2009

  • Recently:

    Mercutio, Roméo et Juliette, The Metropolitan Opera; Valentin, Faust, Washington National Opera; Harry Bailey, It’s a Wonderful Life, San Francisco Opera

     

Kevin Burdette

Kevin Burdette

  • Bass: John Claggart, Billy Budd

  • Central City Opera:

    Central City Opera Debut

  • Recently:

    Señor Russell, The Exterminating Angel, The Metropolitan Opera; Pangloss/Martin, Candide, Liceu Opera Barcelona; Sulpice, La fille du régiment, Santa Fe Opera

Dennis Jesse

Dennis Jesse

  • Baritone: Mr. Redburn, Billy Budd

  • Central City Opera:

    Central City Opera Debut

  • Recently:

    Escamillo, Carmen, Opéra Louisiane; Lindorf/Coppélius/Dr. Miracle/Dapertutto, The Tales of Hoffmann, Opera Orlando; Ping, Turandot, New Orleans Opera

Federico De Michelis

Federico De Michelis

  • Baritone: Mr. Flint, Billy Budd 

  • Central City Opera:

    Central City Opera Debut

  • Recently:

    Nourabad, Les pêcheurs des perles, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona; Colline, La bohème, Houston Grand Opera; Figaro, Le nozze di Figaro, Palm Beach Opera

Brian Kontes

Brian Kontes

  • Bass: Lt. Ratcliffe, Billy Budd

  • Central City Opera:

    Central City Opera Debut

  • Recently:

    Hans Foltz, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, The Metropolitan Opera; Timur, Turandot, San Diego Opera; Bartolo, Le Nozze di Figaro, Pittsburgh Opera

Benjamin Werley

Benjamin Werley

  • Tenor: Red Whiskers, Billy Budd and covering Captain Vere, Billy Budd

  • Central City Opera:

    Central City Opera Debut

  • Recently:

    Narraboth/Second Jew, Salome, Dayton Opera; Lippo Fiorentino, Street Scene, Virginia Opera; Arturo, Lucia di Lammermoor, Florida Grand Opera

Jonathan Hays

Jonathan Hays

  • Baritone: Donald, Billy Budd

  • Central City Opera:

    Reverend Gruffydd, How Green Was My Valley (World Premiere in collaboration with Colorado Springs Conservatory), 2014; Taddeo, L’italiana in Algeri, 2003; Papageno, Die Zauberflöte (with Colorado Symphony), 2002

    Past member of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program

     

  • Recently:

    Sir Joseph Porter, H.M.S. Pinafore, Anchorage Opera; Maximilian, Candide, Anchorage Opera and Anchorage Symphony Orchestra; Soloist, An die ferne Geliebte, by Jeremy Gill, National Sawdust

     

     

Matthew Burns

Matthew Burns

  • Bass-baritone: Dansker, Billy Budd

  • Central City Opera:

    Central City Opera Debut

  • Recently:

    Dulcamara, L’elisir d’amore, Virginia Opera; Sulpice, La fille du régiment, Opera Carolina; Dr. Primus/Sir Simon, the Ghost, Usher House/The Canterville Ghost, LA Opera

Jonas Hacker

Jonas Hacker

  • Tenor: Novice, Billy Budd

  • Central City Opera:

    Ensemble, The Barber of Seville, Our Town and Show Boat, 2013

    Past member of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program

  • Recently:

    Edmondo, Manon Lescaut, Dallas Opera; Tanzmeister, Ariadne auf Naxos, Cleveland Orchestra; Count Almaviva, The Barber of Seville, Annapolis Opera

Joseph Gaines

Joseph Gaines

  • Tenor: Goro, Madama Butterfly & Squeak, Billy Budd

  • Central City Opera:

    Kaspar, Amahl and the Night Visitors, 2015; Basilio, Le nozze di Figaro, 2014; Howard Boucher, Dead Man Walking, 2014

  • Recently:

    Monostatos,The Magic Flute, Utah Opera; Pang, Turandot, San Diego Opera; Dan Leno, Elizabeth Cree, Opera Philadelphia

     

     

  • Contact:
  • Website
  • Agent's Website

Production Team

John Baril

John Baril

  • CCO Music Director
    Conductor: Billy Budd

     

  • Central City Opera:

    (Partial Listing) Il trovatore, 2018; Così fan tutte, 2017; Tosca, 2016

  • Recently:

    Conductor, Les pêcheurs des perles, Toledo Opera; Conductor, Il barbiere di Siviglia and Roméo et Juliette, Virginia Opera

  • Contact:
  • Website
Ken Cazan

Ken Cazan

  • Director: Billy Budd

  • Central City Opera:

    (Partial Listing) The Burning Fiery Furnace, 2017; The Ballad of Baby Doe, 2016; The Prodigal Son, 2015

  • Recently:

    Professor of Opera/Resident Stage Director, University of Southern California Thornton School of Music; Director/Co-librettist, Frau Schindler (World Premiere), Gärtnerplatz Theatre, Munich; Director, As One (World Premiere), American Opera Projects and Brooklyn Academy of Music

  • Contact:
  • Website

Full Production Credits

Composer Benjamin Britten
Libretto Eric Crozier & E. M. Forster
Conductor John Baril
Director Ken Cazan
 
Cast Credits
Captain Vere Daniel Norman
Billy Budd Joshua Hopkins
John Claggart Kevin Burdette
Mr. Redburn Dennis Jesse
Mr. Flint Federico De Michelis
Lt. Ratcliffe Brian Kontes
Red Whiskers Benjamin Werley
Donald Jonathan Hays
Dansker Matthew Burns
Novice Jonas Hacker
Squeak Joseph Gaines

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