"Imbrailo is utterly animated by memories of his choral boarding school, which sounds like a boys’ own adventure: shooting rabbits, swimming in rivers, building forts. But the boys were also caned for misbehaving. “You’d get your smack, you’d say: ‘Thank you, sir!’ and you’d be off.” Imbrailo makes it sounds like ripping school fun — and he’s not about to indulge my parallels with discipline on board ship. “I believe there’s no better way to discipline a boy at school,” he says firmly, as I flinch. “Which, I know is quite controversial in this country.""
Glyndebourne's new Billy Budd, the fabulous Jacques Imbrailo, talks to Emma Pomfret in the Times.
And here he is as a wee whippersnapper: