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Saturday, May 20, 2017 Permalink

At The Opera, Britten: Peter Grimes, May 20, 2017

  

Peter Grimes is an opera by Benjamin Britten, with a libretto adapted by Montagu Slater from the narrative poem, "Peter Grimes," in George Crabbe's book The Borough. The "borough" of the opera is a fictional village which shares some similarities with Crabbe's, and later Britten's, own home of Aldeburgh, a town on England's east coast. It was first performed at Sadler's Wells in London on June 4 1945, conducted by Reginald Goodall, and was the first of Britten's operas to be a critical and popular success. It is still widely performed, both in the UK and internationally, and is considered part of the standard repertoire.

Peter Grimes is a fisherman, living in a small Suffolk town. He is summoned to court after the death of his young apprentice at sea; the townspeople are convinced Grimes is to blame, but he is let off with a caution and warned not to take another apprentice. Ignoring the court’s ruling, Grimes soon recruits a new lad from the workhouse. Some time later the boy falls to his death; the townspeople gather to hunt Grimes down, despite desperate pleas for mercy from the schoolmistress Ellen Orford. Grimes descends into madness. The old sea captain Balstrode tells him to sail his ship out to sea and drown himself.

Cast:

Peter Grimes – Peter Pears

Ellen Orford – Claire Watson

Royal Opera House

Benjamin Britten – conductor

Decca - 1959

Playlist

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:07pm
Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes BUY Royal Opera House; Benjamin Britten, conductor
10:00pm
10:50pm
Massenet: Werther: Pourquoi me reveiller? BUY from Recitals: Giuseppe Di Stefano Arias and Scenes; composed by Massenet
10:53pm
Massenet: Manon: O dolce incanto BUY from Recitals: Giuseppe Di Stefano Arias and Scenes; composed by Massenet
10:57pm
Bizet: The Pearl Fishers: Mi par d'udira ancora BUY from Recitals: Giuseppe Di Stefano Arias and Scenes; composed by Bizet
11:00pm
11:01pm
Di Stefano: Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Ecco ridente in cielo BUY from Recitals: Giuseppe Di Stefano Arias and Scenes
11:05pm
Di Stefano: Tosca, opera: Recondita armonia BUY from Recitals: Giuseppe Di Stefano Arias and Scenes
11:08pm
Di Stefano: Tosca, opera: O doci mani BUY from Recitals: Giuseppe Di Stefano Arias and Scenes
11:25pm
various: Recital Songs on Membran Opera BUY from Gesangkunst in Vollendung (Perfect Vocal Art) [Live and Studio Performances From 1952-1960); composed by various
11:41pm
Puccini and Verdi: Rosa Ponselle Opera Arias BUY from Ponselle, Vol. 2; composed by Puccini and Verdi

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