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Peter Pears ...
Peter Grimes
Heather Harper ...
Ellen Orford
Bryan Drake ...
Captain Balstrode
Elizabeth Bainbridge ...
Auntie
Ann Robson ...
Mrs. Sedley
Jill Gomez ...
First Niece
Anne Pashley ...
Second Niece
Owen Brannigan ...
Swallow
Robert Tear ...
Rev. Horace Adams
David Bowman ...
Ned Keene
Gregory Dempsey ...
Bob Boles
Michael Rippon ...
Hobson
Monti DeLyle ...
Dr. Crabbe
Simon Laing ...
Townspeople
Children from Leiston Modern School ...
Children
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fisherman | english opera | opera | See All (3) »

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Music | Musical

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3 June 1970 (USA)  »

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Peter Pears, Benjamin Britten and Heather Harper- a Peter Grimes to treasure
29 August 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As much as I do love the Langdridge and Vickers productions and found the Met production interesting, this is the best Peter Grimes. The opera is one of Britten's best anyway and deserved a great production to do it justice, and that is exactly the case with this production. It looks evocative and the staging has a certain spontaneity that you look for in a live performance and evokes the mood of the opera and the characters perfectly. The orchestral playing and chorus(who throughout act like a real crowd) are both outstanding, their attention to musicality and balance ensure for some genuinely hair-raising moments. It also is advantaged by the fact that it is conducted by the composer himself, and it is a perfectly judged performance in all regards. The performances are exceptional. In my mind Peter Pears is incomparable in the title role, he sings with a lot of beauty and power, and while his interpretation is intense and rough it is also troubled and moving also. Heather Harper as Ellen matches him perfectly with a commanding yet nuanced presence and a lyrical and brightly-tuned voice. Bryan Drake is a powerful Bulstrode, while Elizabeth Bainbridge is a characterful Auntie. Overall, a real treasure. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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