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Work: Peter Grimes

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ComposerBritten, Benjamin (1913-1976)
Period20th century
Year1945
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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MannheimPeter GrimesNew production

Britten: Peter Grimes
Alexander Soddy; Markus Dietz; Nationaltheater Mannheim; Ines Nadler; Henrike Bromber; Roy Cornelius Smith; Astrid Kessler

Frankfurt am MainPeter Grimes

Britten: Peter Grimes
Lawrence Foster; Keith Warner; Oper Frankfurt; Ashley Martin-Davis; Jon Morrell; Vincent Wolfsteiner; Katie van Kooten

NurembergPeter GrimesNew production

Britten: Peter Grimes
Joana Mallwitz; Tilman Knabe; Staatstheater Nürnberg; Guido Johannes Rumstadt; Annika Haller; Eva-Mareike Uhlig; Peter Marsh
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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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An emotionally distant Peter Grimes at Oper Köln

Ivana Rusko (Ellen Orford) and Marco Jentzsch (Peter Grimes) © Bernd Uhlig
Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes is a nuanced, gripping tale that should pack an emotional punch. Despite fine moments, Oper Köln's production didn't serve the work. 
**111
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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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Bologna's Teatro Comunale scores a slam dunk

Ian Storey (Peter Grimes) © Rocco Casaluci
The Comunale had teamed up with Bologna's basketball team Virtus to create a 50%-off ticket deal aimed at drawing new audiences. The subject matter of this opera might not seem the most immediately accessible, but this was playing to capture the imaginations of opera newbies.
****1
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