Britten’s “Billy Budd” at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma

May 8 to 15, 2018

“The Orchestra Dell’Opera di Roma, under the direction of James Conlon, produced a first-class performance, creating a sound world full of dark contrast; evoking, for example, the claustrophobia of the confined conditions onboard “The Indomitable” and the empty space of the “infinite sea.” It was a detailed performance that captured the subtleties of the score, yet never lost sight of the work’s overall structure. Moreover, Conlon never let the dramatic tension sag, wonderfully capturing just the right tempi and dynamic shadings.”

Alan Neilson
May 16, 2018
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“As the curtain fell for the last time after the final performance of Billy Budd in the Rome Opera run, cheers were heard from the stage. A moment before, all eyes, including those of the orchestra, cast and chorus, had been on conductor James Conlon, who deflected the adulation as best he could. He had conducted a brilliant performance but, as he well appreciated, the stellar cast, the Rome Opera’s superb chorus and orchestra and a powerful production had something to do with it.”

Seen and Heard International
Rick Perdian
May 18, 2018
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Photo: Chester Higgins