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'Sometimes even performances of works that you know very well, and have heard and seen countless times, can take you completely unawares and emerge with unexpected force. This was one of those occasions ... above all, Stuart Skelton's performance in the title role seems to me to be the best around today.' (5 stars)
Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 27 September 2013

Birmingham - Peter Grimes: Cast Away

Britten's landmark opera of the 20th century, Peter Grimes

7:00 PM, ​ Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Britten Peter Grimes

Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Stuart Skelton Peter Grimes
Pamela Armstrong Ellen Orford
Alan Opie Captain Balstrode
Pamela Helen Stephen Auntie
Malin Christensson/Elizabeth Cragg Her ‘Nieces’
Michael Colvin Bob Boles
Brindley Sherratt Swallow
Jean Rigby Mrs Sedley
Mark Stone Ned Keene
Brian Galliford Reverend Horace Adams
Jonathan Veira Hobson
London Voices
Daniel Slater director

Some months after emigrating to America, Benjamin Britten began to read George Crabbe’s narrative poem The Borough – the story of an ostracised fisherman on the North Sea coast. An opera on the subject stirred inside Britten, as did the realisation that he had to come home. He did so, and when the resulting opera Peter Grimes was premiered in 1945, it kick-started an operatic renaissance in Britain overnight. Peter Grimes – underpinned by benign and savage pictures of the North Sea – is one of the landmark operas of the 20th century, from whose chilling tale of marginalisation and persecution Britten created his most powerful and dramatic music.

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