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Classical Singer Magazine: John Chest (Cover Story)

“In Benjamin Britten’s operatic adaptation of Herman Melville’s novella Billy Budd, the title character can barely contain his excitement when he is welcomed to the crew of the HMS Indomitable. The young sailor commits himself entirely to whatever the future may hold, singing, “Billy Budd, king of the world! . . . Goodbye to the old life. Don’t want it no more.” In similar fashion, the indomitable baritone John Chest has been making a splash on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, steadfastly sailing wherever the winds of opportunity take him.”

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