The bleak, enclosed world of a fishing village provides the backdrop for the story of fisherman Peter Grimes and his uneasy relationship with the other inhabitants. Following the death of Grimes's apprentice, the community presumes Grimes to be guilty. Although he is cleared of any blame, the villagers no longer trust him, and when his new apprentice accidentally falls to his death, Grimes spirals towards a tragic breakdown.
The most significant British opera in over two centuries, Britten's Peter Grimes is a work of visceral and sustained beauty, and is notable for the orchestral interludes that depict the sea in different moods.
This is the first revival of David Alden's 2009 five-star sell-out production. ENO Music Director Edward Gardner again conducts the electrifying score, with Stuart Skelton heading an outstanding cast in his return to the title role.
Co-produced by ENO, De Vlaamse Opera, Opera de Oviedo and Deutsche Oper Berlin.
Original production supported by ENO's English Opera Group. Revival supported by the Friends of ENO and the Peter Grimes Production Syndicate:
Shelagh & Tom Allen, Leslie & Dee Bergman, Peter & Fiona Espenhahn, Martin Edmunds, Stanley Lowy, Nicholas & Lindsay Merriman, Nicholas & Claire Prettejohn, Coral Samuel Charitable Trust, Malcolm & Alison Thwaites & Roy Shutz
Sung and surtitled in English | Running time: 3hrs 10mins (including 2 intervals)
Signed performance 6 Feb. Pre-performance talk 1 Feb with Philip Reed, Britten specialist plus members of the ENO Orchestra.
For performances of Peter Grimes on 21 and 23 February, please note that there will be cameras filming in the auditorium as part of ENO Screen.
Ellen Orford Elza van den Heever
Balstrode Iain Paterson
Auntie Rebecca de Pont Davies
Swallow Matthew Best
Ned Keene Leigh Melrose
Bob Boles Michael Colvin
Mrs Sedley Felicity Palmer
Hobson Matthew Trevino
Reverend Horace Adams Tim Robinson
First Niece Rhian Lois
Second Niece Mary Bevan
Director David Alden
Set Designer Paul Steinberg
Costume Designer Brigitte Reiffenstuel
Lighting Designer Adam Silverman
Choreographer Maxine Braham
Peter Grimes will be broadcast live to cinemas across the UK and Ireland and selected cinemas worldwide on 23 February 2014 as part of ENO Screen.
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