Barihunk John Chest headlines San Francisco Opera’s Billy Budd in the fall of 2019 (presumably in Francesca Zambello‘s familiar Cruising-themed staging), according to Opera magazine’s frequently accurate “We hear that” feature. 

Please note that the Falstaff assigned to Peter Sellars is not the familiar Verdi score but rather a collage of diaries and other accounts by soldiers and camp followers in the army of Henry IV. John Adams has been chosen as composer thanks to his close connection to the subject matter (he once dated actress Barbara Windsor.)

As for me, I’m looking for the women triumvirate’s take on Makropulos Case.