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Billy Budd | Your Reaction


Our brand new production of Britten's powerful all-male masterpiece Billy Budd has opened. Here is a selection of opening night audience tweets, Facebook comments, an audience reaction video and some production photos...

Tell us what YOU thought in the comments below, on Facebook or tweet us @Opera_North using #ONBudd


To book tickets or for more information, visit the Billy Budd webpage.

Photography: Clive Barda 

What you say

Comment from James


James said ago

I agree a very good performance spoilt by lack of surtitles

Comment from Opera North


Opera North said ago

Many thanks for your comments which we have passed on to our programming team. Opera North provides surtitles for all operas sung in a language other than English. In general, we don’t title works that were originally written in English. We frequently title works that are translated and sung in English, in operas where we believe that this will be especially beneficial to the audience. So, for example, next season, both The Snow Maiden and Hansel and Gretel, which are sung in English, will also have English titles. These decisions are something that we give a great deal of thought to each time. We are grateful for all feedback regarding this and we will continue to assess the need for titles in future productions. We hope that you enjoyed the performance overall and look forward to welcoming you again soon.

Comment from Timothy


Timothy said ago

Much as we enjoyed last night, particularly the fantastic playing of the orchestra, we would like to comment on the absence of titles. We found it impossible to hear enough of the words to completely follow the action. As Richard Farnes said of the Ring Cycle, it is most important that the audience is fully involved in the action. In this case unfortunately it was not possible.

Comment from Mary Andtre


Mary Andtre said ago

I and my neighbours were sad that there were no surtitles as we could not hear about a third of the text. Mary Andrew

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