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This show closed on September 22, 2019

About Billy Budd

When young Billy is pressed into naval service aboard the H.M.S. Indomitable, the recruit’s youth and innocence arouse devotion from the crew, but a commanding officer’s suspicions and dark desire threaten to throw order into chaos. "Billy Budd" will be enjoyed by fans of history, "Moby Dick" author Herman Melville, and high-seas adventures like "Mutiny on the Bounty."

Sung in English with English supertitles.

Run Time

3hr (Inc. Intermission)

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[William Burden gave a] wondrous performance — robust but uncertain, full of both authority and doubt.
San Francisco Chronicle
Bass-baritone Christian Van Horn was an aptly terrifying Claggart
San Francisco Chronicle
And in the title role, baritone John Chest made an impressive company debut with a performance of freshness and vitality.
San Francisco Chronicle

SF Opera at The War Memorial Opera House

301 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102

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