Glyndebourne is staging its first Billy Budd, sixty years after it was written. Thereiin lies a story. Here are two different articles on the background. More detailed, but an extremely good read: Richard Fairman in the Financial Times. Shorter: The Guardian
And then there's the wonderful quote Diane McVeagh found in Gerald Finzi's papers. "Britten is the Meyerbeer of our age", Finzi wrote, after the premiere of Billy Budd. He wasn't too comfortable with all those gay men.
(please see some of the things I've wriiten about Billy Budd HERE)
And also my reviwew of thew Glyndebourne production HERE