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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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