Peter Grimes - Teatro La Fenice


Peter Grimes

composer Benjamin Britten | libretto Montagu Slater
La Fenice Opera House

Britten’s first large-scale opera, premiered in 1945, tells the story of the fisherman Peter Grimes who lives in The Borough, a coastal village in Suffolk. Grimes is a tragic character: aspiring to improvement but brutish, he is often scapegoated by the gossipy folks and loses his life at sea, as the villagers continue to go about their business. Even though he is involved in the deaths of two apprentice boys, the opera never reveals whether he is a murderer, an abusive guardian, or simply the victim of his obsession with money. With luscious orchestral music, powerful choruses, and beautiful solo arias, Britten’s music conjures up a complex vision of both Nature’s majesty and harsh human relations.

La Fenice new production
First Venitian performance
Boosey & Hawkes, London

The performance lasts about 3 hours and 15 minutes including two intervals


La Fenice Orchestra & Choir
Conductor Juraj Valčuha
Chorus Master Alfonso Caiani
Director Paul Curran
Sets & Costumes Gary McCann
light designer Fabio Barettin


Peter Grimes Andrew Staples
Ellen Orford Emma Bell
Captain Balstrode Mark S. Doss
Auntie Sara Fulgoni
First Niece Patricia Westley
Second Niece Jessica Cale
Robert Boles Cameron Becker
Swallow Sion Goronwy
Mrs. Sedley Kamelia Kader
rev. Horace Adams Eamon Mulhall
Ned Keene Alex Otterburn
Hobson Laurence Meikle
Boy (John), Grimes’ apprentice Pietro Moretti

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