Peter Grimes


Benjamin Britten (1913 – 1976)

Opera in a prologue and three acts; Libretto by Montagu Slater after George Crabbe; First performed on 7. June 1945, London (Sadler's Wells); Premiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 25. January, 2012

In English language with German surtitles

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Conductor Donald Runnicles
Stage Production David Alden
Stage-Design Paul Steinberg
Costume-Design Brigitte Reiffenstuel
Light-Design Adam Silverman
Chorus Master William Spaulding
Choreography Maxine Braham
Dramaturge Angelika Maidowski
Peter Grimes Christopher Ventris
Ellen Orford Michaela Kaune
Captain Balstrode Markus Brück
Auntie Rebecca de Pont Davies
Niece 1 Hila Fahima
Niece 2 Kim-Lillian Strebel
Bob Boles Thomas Blondelle
Swallow Stephen Bronk
Revd Horace Adams Clemens Bieber
Mrs. Sedley Dana Beth Miller
Ned Keene Simon Pauly
Hobson Albert Pesendorfer
John Thomas Schneider
Dr. Crabbe Stefan Stefanow
Dancer Bram de Beul
Fisherwoman Maja Siebenschuh
Heidrun Häßner (05.02.2013 | 09.02.2013)
Solo Soprano Natalie Buck
Maja Lange (13.02.2013 | 15.02.2013)
Fisherman Heiner Boßmeyer
Lawyer Aram Youn
Burgesses Björn Struck
Aram Youn
Frank Sufalko
Robert Neumann
Tadeusz Milewski
Holger Gerberding
Marek Picz (25.01.2013)
Solo Bass Björn Struck
Chorus Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin
Orchestra Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin
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Benjamin Britten's first opera originated from a poem by George Crabbe, a man of letters and an activist on behalf of the poor and disadvantaged from the county of Suffolk on the east coast of England. Moved by Crabbe's 1810 poem "The Borough", the composer returned home from the USA, where he had been living out the last years of the Second World War, to complete the work he had begun in the States. Britten himself was from Suffolk and had close ties to the locality. He had a strong attachment to the sea and a respect for its many faces and its powerful influence over the lives of coastal dwellers. He once said that with his PETER GRIMES he wanted to portray the unceasing struggle of men and women whose livelihoods were linked to the sea. Britten's opera shows with unnerving clarity how the people's struggle, often a fight for their very survival, made them tough and unbending and stamped itself on the little coastal communities. The story centres around Peter Grimes, a fisherman and loner who becomes the object of accusations and ostracisation following the unexplained death of his apprentice.

The work, which made Britten famous, was staged by American director David Alden at the National Opera in London in 2009. Audiences and critics alike were captivated by the radical quality and suggestive power of his images, which confirm PETER GRIMES' status as one of the great 20th century operas.

This production was originally created by English National Opera in co-production with De Vlaamse Opera and Opera de Oviedo
Presented by kulturradio vom rbb, tip and taz.die tageszeitung

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Introduction (in German language): 45 minutes before beginning; Rang-Foyer