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The Dress Rehearsal Chronicles / Billy Budd

Tosca / Les Contes d'Hoffmann / The Medium / back

Billy Budd, Op. 50
Composed by Benjamin Britten
Libretto by E. M. Forster and Eric Crozier
Based on a novella begun in November 1888 by American author Herman Melville,

left unfinished at his death in 1891 and not published until 1924
First performed at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden on 1 December 1951