Fresh from the quarterdeck of HMS Indomitable and David Alden's brand new staging of Britten's Billy Budd able seamen Benedict Nelson, Nicky Spence, and Duncan Rock are shining examples of a revolution that is happening at English National Opera.

ENO's Young Artist scheme - now known as ENO Harewood Artists (in recognition of the late Lord Harewood's extraordinary legacy to this company) - is truly proving to be a company-building enterprise with prime roles - such as the title role in Billy Budd which has gone to rising star, Benedict Nelson - sourced from within the 12-strong roster of hand-picked talent. ENO's Casting Director, John McMurray, has plainly been keeping his eyes and ears peeled.

In this exclusive audio podcast Edward Seckerson nabs the trio during a break in rehearsals to discuss what the Harewood Artists scheme means to them and how close Britten's testosterone filled masterwork is to becoming shipshape.