Everybody's Talking About: Billy Budd, ENO, London

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Why is everybody talking about it?

This new production by the team behind ENO’s award-winning Peter Grimes reunites director David Alden and conductor Edward Gardner for the first time since 2009.

Is it worth the hype?

Yes, this richly orchestrated all-male opera about the metaphysical battle between good and evil is considered to be one of Benjamin Britten's finest works.

Watch out for

New star, Benedict Nelson plays Billy Budd, a young man press-ganged into naval service on the HMS Indomitable around 1797. 18 June - 8 July (www.eno.org)