The Glyndebourne Festival tours its celebrated production of Britten’s Billy Budd to New York in February. The Company will present four performances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music conducted by Sir Mark Elder and featuring Askonas Holt artists Brindley Sherratt as Claggart, Duncan Rock as the Novice’s Friend and David Soar as Mr Flint. All three artists reprise the roles that garnered them such rave reviews at Glyndebourne last summer and in a special performance at the BBC Proms which formed part of the composer’s centenary celebrations.
Reviewing the Glyndebourne performances The Telegraph commented that Sherratt “transcended his usual level of excellence to create a Claggart whose malevolence is all the more chilling for being so contained and purposeful” while The Stage called his performance “magnetic” with The Guardian commenting that “the deep resonances of his sepulchral bass [matches] the malevolent physicality of an interpretation that retains a painfully self-hating humanity while outlining a full-scale demonic being”. Rock’s performance as the sympathetic Novice’s Friend was similarly praised by the critics, with The Telegraph reporting that “below decks Duncan Rock stands out as the flogged Novice’s kind friend” while What’s On Stage called him a “budding Billy” going on to say he “makes his mark as the Novice’s Friend”. David Soar has more recently won praise for his portrayal of Collatinus in another Glyndebourne Britten production, The Rape of Lucretia. Opera Magazine praised his “warm-voiced, poignant Collatinus” and What’s on Stage judged his portrayal “three-dimensional and dignified”. The cast also includes the young bass James Platt who sings in the chorus and is also covering the role of Mr Flint. One of the most recent additions to the Askonas Holt roster, he will join the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House next season.
‘Blow her away’ boys !