Concert performance, sung in English with Norwegian subtitles.
Benjamin Britten’s first successful opera Peter Grimes is a darkly beautiful musical psycho-drama.
The title character is an 18th century fisherman from Britten’s home village on the North Sea who is accused of murdering first one, then another of his apprentices. The villagers are whipped into a frenzy of rage, and finally force Grimes to purposely go down with his boat at sea, providing an appropriately operatic tragic ending.
Along the way, however, the composer provides moments of such exquisite expression, particularly in the orchestral interludes, that Peter Grimes is recognised as one of the outstanding masterpieces of the 20th century.