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Billy Budd, by Benjamin Britten

San Francisco Opera San Francisco Music

Michael Grandage’s purposely traditional production of Britten’s Billy Budd won high marks in England, where it originated. Yet ultimately, the fate of this all-male, maritime masterpiece rests on the shoulders of the barihunk cast as the Apollonian, stuttering hero. All eyes are on John Chest. —M.G.

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