AROP evening — Opera

Peter Grimes

07 Feb. 2023

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  • 3h25 with 2 intermissions
  • Palais Garnier
  • Cocktail attire

Peter Grimes

Peter Grimes - Deborah Warner

  • Conductor

    Alexander Soddy

  • Music

    Benjamin Britten
    (1913 - 1976)

  • Libretto

    Montagu Slater

  • Director

    Deborah Warner

  • Set design

    Michael Levine

  • Costume design

    Luis F. Carvalho

  • Lighting design

    Peter Mumford

  • Video

    Justin Nardella

  • Contributor to the movements

    Kim Brandstrup

  • Chorus master

    Ching-Lien Wu

When Benjamin Britten produced his first opera, Peter Grimes, for the reopening of Sadler’s Wells in London in 1945, its success was both immediate and resounding. Drawing inspiration from a poem by George Crabbe, the British composer did more than simply set to music the text by his compatriot: this work signalled a renaissance in English opera, which had all but disappeared since the death of Purcell. Whilst Britten’s superb orchestral interludes and accomplished lyricism confer upon the work a classical quality, its subject is thoroughly disturbing. Who is this Suffolk fisherman, Peter Grimes, whose apprentice drowns at sea; the butt of the villagers’ hostility? A murderer or an innocent man? A child‑killer or the victim of prejudice? An anti‑hero or a poet? These are some of the questions that make this character one of the most fascinating in the operatic repertoire. Invited to the Paris Opera for the first time and a fine connoisseur of Britten, Deborah Warner preserves all the mystery of this complex work, whilst emphasising the conflict between the group and the individual – a particularly burning issue.

Orchestre et Choeurs de l’Opéra national de Paris
Coproduction avec le Teatro Real, Madrid, le Royal Opera House covent garden, Londres et le teatro dell'opera, Rome

Broadcast on February 25 at 8 pm on France Musique, as part of the program "Samedi à l'Opéra", presented by Judith Chaine.

Peter Grimes

Peter Grimes - Deborah Warner

  • Peter Grimes

    Allan Clayton

  • Ellen Orford

    Maria Bengtsson

  • Captain Balstrode

    Simon Keenlyside

  • Auntie

    Catherine Wyn-Rogers

  • First Niece

    Anna-Sophie Neher

  • Second Niece

    Ilanah Lobel-Torres

  • Bob Boles

    John Graham-Hall

  • Swallow

    Clive Bayley

  • Mrs. Sedley

    Rosie Aldridge

  • Reverend Horace Adams

    James Gilchrist

  • Ned Keene

    Jacques Imbrailo

  • Hobson

    Stephen Richardson

  • 19:30

    First part

  • 20:25

    Intermission cocktail

  • 20:55

    Second part

  • 21:45

    Intermission cocktail

  • 22:15

    Third part

  • 22:50


  • 22:55

    End of the performance

Peter Grimes (saison 22/23) - Ensembles

1 podcast

[EXTRAIT] PETER GRIMES by Benjamin Britten (Acte I, scène 1)

1 video

[EXTRAIT] PETER GRIMES by Benjamin Britten (Allan Clayton - Peter Grimes, Acte I scène 2)

1 video

[EXTRAIT] PETER GRIMES by Benjamin Britten (Acte II - scène 1)

1 video

[INTERVIEW] Deborah Warner about PETER GRIMES

1 video

Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten (season 22/23)

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