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Peter Grimes (1995)

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In a small village in England, Peter Grimes is unable to become a part of the community. Because his apprentice drowned at sea, he has incurred the wrath and distrust of the townspeople.



(poem), (libretto)


Cast overview:
Philip Langridge ...
Janice Cairns ...
Ellen Orford
Alan Opie ...
Captain Balstrode
Ann Howard ...


At an inquest for the death at sea of fisherman Peter Grimes's apprentice, Coroner Swallow rules that the boy drowned accidentally. The townspeople clearly dislike the work-obsessed Grimes, though Ellen Orford is sympathetic to him. Grimes gets another apprentice, and Ellen later sees that the boy has bruises. Peter is an ambitious man, but full of anger because he knows society will never accept him. As a crowd assembles to confront Grimes, he rushes out of his clifftop hut, driving the apprentice before him; the apprentice accidentally falls to his death. The townspeople assume it was murder. Ellen hopes to save him, but Captain Balstrode suggests that Grimes take his own life. In the last scene we learn that a boat has been seen sinking out at sea. Written by Fiona Kelleghan <fkelleghan@aol.com>

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Really quite extraordinary
21 August 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Peter Grimes is my personal favourite of Britten's operas, and this production is really quite extraordinary to say the least. The story is both gripping and shattering, and in costume and set design the production is spot on, likewise with the video directing. The music is superb, the orchestra bring out these driven rhythms and inspired melodies adeptly and the conducting and choral work are on point too.

Of the performances, while Alan Opie's Balstrode is the best of the support cast, it is Phillip Langridge's outstanding Peter Grimes that makes the production work so well.

So all in all, definitely a must watch. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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