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Ten great librettists
Author E. M. Forster met and became friends with Benjamin Britten before the Second World War. In 1948, they discussed whether Forster would write a libretto, and by that November, Herman Melville's 'Billy Budd' was suggested as a possible subject. Forster agreed and worked with Eric Crozier, a regular Britten collaborator, to write the opera. Nathan Gunn is pictured performing the title roll at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, in 2012.