24 Aug 2012, Royal Albert Hall
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Proms 2012 Prom 55: Britten – Peter Grimes

Prom 55: Britten – Peter Grimes
Prom 55: Britten – Peter Grimes
19:00 Fri 24 Aug 2012 Royal Albert Hall
Britten’s Peter Grimes, based in a Suffolk fishing village, transformed British opera. Edward Gardner conducts his ENO forces.
Britten’s Peter Grimes, based in a Suffolk fishing village, transformed British opera. Edward Gardner conducts his ENO forces.

Programme

Performers

  • Stuart Skelton
    tenor (Peter Grimes)
    tenor (Peter Grimes)
  • Amanda Roocroft
    soprano (Ellen Orford)
    soprano (Ellen Orford)
  • Iain Paterson
    bass-baritone (Captain Balstrode)
    bass-baritone (Captain Balstrode)
  • Rebecca de Pont Davies
    mezzo-soprano (Auntie)
    mezzo-soprano (Auntie)
  • Matthew Best
    baritone (Swallow)
    baritone (Swallow)
  • Leigh Melrose
    baritone (Ned Keene)
    baritone (Ned Keene)
  • Michael Colvin
    tenor (Bob Boles)
    tenor (Bob Boles)
  • Dame Felicity Palmer
    mezzo-soprano (Mrs Sedley)
    mezzo-soprano (Mrs Sedley)
  • Gillian Ramm
    soprano (First Niece)
    soprano (First Niece)
  • Mairéad Buicke
    soprano (Second Niece)
    soprano (Second Niece)
  • Darren Jeffery
    bass-baritone (Hobson)
    bass-baritone (Hobson)
  • Stuart Kale
    tenor (Rev Horace Adams)
    tenor (Rev Horace Adams)
  • ENO Chorus and Orchestra
  • conductor

Composers

About this event

First staged a month after VE Day, Britten’s searing psychological drama set in a claustrophobic Suffolk fishing community was the critical and popular success that effectively established a new kind of English operatic tradition.

ENO has kept the opera at the heart of its repertoire and tonight’s concert performance is based on a sold-out production hailed as a ‘superb company achievement’ on its first outing in 2009. Australian tenor Stuart Skelton once again heads the cast with his remarkable, multifaceted portrayal of the disturbed outsider.

There will be two intervals of 20 minutes

On the web: Tenor Stuart Skelton talks to Edward Seckerson about his journey from Rugby and Formula One to his repeated triumphs in the role of Peter Grimes in a podcast from The Independent.

 

Discover the Music Download a short audio guide published on the day about a key work in tonight’s Prom: Tom Service talks about Britten's Peter Grimes.

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