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Peter Grimes | 2017 International Festival © Sim Canetty-Clarke

Peter Grimes

Benjamin Britten / Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra / Edward Gardner

A concert performance of Benjamin Britten’s defining British opera of the 20th century examines gossip, rumour and mob rule in some of the composer’s most dramatic sea-inspired music.

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus
Edvard Grieg Kor
Edward Gardner Conductor

Stuart Skelton Peter Grimes
Erin Wall Ellen Orford
Christopher Purves Captain Balstrode
Susan Bickley Auntie
Hanna Husáhr Niece 1
Vibeke Kristensen Niece 2
Catherine Wyn-Rogers Mrs Sedley
Andrew Greenan Swallow
Marcus Farnsworth Ned Keene
Robert Murray Bob Boles
James Gilchrist Rev Horace Adams
Barnaby Rea Hobson

Concert Performance

What really happened to the young apprentice of surly fisherman Peter Grimes? Suspicion turns to violence when villagers mob together to uncover the unsettling truth.

Benjamin Britten’s immensely powerful work is the defining British opera of the 20th century, a remarkably compelling drama examining gossip, rumour and mob rule in some of the composer’s most dramatic sea-inspired music.

Australian tenor Stuart Skelton was widely celebrated for his visceral yet vulnerable recent performance as Grimes at English National Opera. He returns to the title role, teaming up again with Edward Gardner, who makes his second 2017 International Festival appearance with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. They are joined by a powerful international cast, including Canadian soprano Erin Wall as the woman who tries to save the shunned outsider.


Photo: Sim Canetty-Clarke

Language
Sung in English with English supertitles

Concert performance

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus
Edvard Grieg Kor
Edward Gardner Conductor

Stuart Skelton Peter Grimes
Erin Wall Ellen Orford
Christopher Purves Captain Balstrode
Susan Bickley Auntie
Hanna Husáhr Niece 1
Vibeke Kristensen Niece 2
Catherine Wyn-Rogers Mrs Sedley
Andrew Greenan Swallow
Marcus Farnsworth Ned Keene
Robert Murray Bob Boles
James Gilchrist Rev Horace Adams
Barnaby Rea Hobson

Britten Peter Grimes

This performance was originally presented by the Bergen International Festival, Bergen National Opera and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.


More information about some of the artists

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
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Edvard Grieg Kor
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Edward Gardner
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Stuart Skelton
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Erin Wall
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Christopher Purves
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Susan Bickley
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Hanna Husáhr
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Peter Grimes will also be performed at the Bergen International Festival on 20 May 2017.

13 August 2017

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