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Des Moines Metro Opera presents Billy Budd - Virtual Festival

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  • Presented By: Des Moines Metro Opera
  • Dates: July 12, 2020
  • Location: Online at IowaPBS.org or on television for Iowa audiences
  • Start/End Time: 2:00 PM
  • Price: This online and televised broadcast is free!
  • Overview

    "Des Moines Metro Opera presents Billy Budd" an Iowa PBS broadcast

    One of opera’s most grandly scaled masterpieces, Billy Budd is Herman Melville’s classic American tale adapted by English novelist E.M. Forster. It tells the story of the persecution and destruction of a young sailor by a predatory master-at-arms. From rollicking sea shanties to bombastic choral episodes, Benjamin Britten’s searing opera roars to life in a spectacular new production that transforms a British man o’ war into a crucible for human faith and error. In this broadcast of our acclaimed 2017 production, baritone Craig Verm stars as the young Billy Budd with tenor Roger Honeywell as Captain Vere, and bass Zachary James makes his DMMO debut as the Master-at-Arms, John Claggart. Maestro David Neely leads the production with direction by Kristine McIntyre.