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True Grimes: a gripping semi-staging of Britten’s opera

Erin Wall (Ellen), Stuart Skelton (Peter Grimes) and Samuel Winter (John) © Mark Allan | Southbank Centre

A psychologically penetrating semi-staging of Britten’s Peter Grimes from leading soloists, the Bergen Philharmonic and its chief conductor Ed Gardner laid bare the opera’s music and drama.

****1
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A moving and spirited Gerontius in Dublin

Norbert Ernst © Michael Poehn
Conductor Kenneth Montgomery shaped a high-energy performance that at times raised the roof and at others was poignant and moving.
****1
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Sir Andrew Davis leads Elgar’s Gerontius in Melbourne

Sir Andrew Davis © Lucas Dawson
The double choir triumphs in the MSO’s massive, mostly successful attack on an English choral masterpiece all too rarely performed in Australia.
***11
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A powerful Peter Grimes in Edinburgh

Curtain call of Peter Grimes © Beth Chalmers
Stuart Skelton’s visceral Peter Grimes is matched by a strong cast with thrilling playing and singing from the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra under Edward Gardner.
****1
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A stellar Peter Grimes in Bergen

Stuart Skelton (Peter Grimes) © Thor Brødreskift
This Peter Grimes was a tale of two talents: the conductor and the star.
*****
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Dvořák’s Requiem at the Barbican

Jiří Bělohlávek © Lloyd Smith
The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus grow in stature through an evening which provides a good introduction to the virtues of Dvořák’s seldom-played large scale choral work.
***11
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