Benjamin Britten's masterpiece is set in a claustrophobic seaside town on England's windswept coast, and is some of the most powerful and theatrical music written for the operatic stage. This concert version of Benjamin Britten's great opera is conducted by BFO Music Director Edward Gardner, and the title role is sung by tenor Stuart Skelton, whose interpretation of the role is recognised as peerless: "Surely now the Grimes of our day. Not to be missed on stage," wrote the Sunday Times. Peter Grimes is a true psychological thriller, painting a vivid portrait of a small community's descent into suspicion, gossip and bullying in the face of a tragedy. What has happened to fisherman Peter Grimes's missing apprentice? What part has Grimes, always the town's outsider, played in the boy's disappearance? As mistrust grows, Grimes's life spirals into downfall with dramatic consequences.
BENJAMIN BRITTEN (1913–1976) music MONTAGU SLATER (1902–1956) libretto Peter Grimes, op. 33
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra Edward Gardner conductor
Bergen Philharmonic Choir Edvard Grieg Choir Collegium Musicum's Choir Royal Northern College of Music Choir, Manchester Håkon Matti Skrede choir master
Stuart Skelton Peter Grimes, a fisherman Giselle Allen Ellen Orford, a widow, Borough schoolmistress Roderick Williams Balstrode, retired merchant skipper Annika Schlicht Auntie, landlady of The Boar Hanna Husáhr 1st niece Vibeke Kristensen 2nd niece Catheryn Wyn-Rogers Mrs. Sedley, a rentier widow Andrew Greenan Swallow, a lawyer Marcus Farnsworth Ned Keene, apothecary and quack Colin Judson Bob Boles, fisherman and Methodist James Gilchrist Rev. Horace Adams, the rector Barnaby Rea Hobson, the carrier
Performed in English with Norwegian surtitles. Introduction (in Norwegian) by Eirik Loden at 18:45 in the Grieghallen foyer.
- Last Updated: 05/18/2017
- Source: Bergen Reiselivslag
- May 30, 2017 - May 30, 2017