The first revival of David Alden’s 2009 five-star sell-out production, Peter Grimes is back at the London Coliseum as part of English National Opera’s 2014 season.
ENO Music Director Edward Gardner conducts Benjamin Britten’s electrifying score, with Stuart Skelton heading an outstanding cast in his return to the title role.
Both in 2009 when it was new, and 2012 when it was given at the Proms, Gardner's Grimes was considered one of his and ENO's most significant achievements, and it remains exceptional, despite the controversies that surround Alden's staging.
Updating Britten's opera to the time of its premiere in 1945, Alden forcefully depicts postwar Britain as a parochial, reactionary hell-hole, where moral and sexual hypocrisy are rampant. Mindful that the score owes a debt to Austro-German expressionism, Alden also alludes to the Weimar Republic as emblematic of a comparable society searching for a scapegoat in the form of a perceived enemy within. It is immensely powerful and should be missed at your peril.
Our gracious thanks to Eric and Maxine Reynolds for hosting this production.
Programme Type: Pre Recorded Broadcast (Encore)
Director: David Alden
Cast: Stuart Skelton
Running Time: 190 minutes