Celebrating the centenary of Benjamin Britten in 2013 - Peter Grimes

Celebrating the centenary of Benjamin Britten in 2013 - Peter Grimes

Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 19:30

Some months after emigrating to America, Benjamin Britten began to read George Crabbe’s narrative poem The Borough – the story of an ostracised fisherman on the North Sea coast. An opera on the subject stirred inside Britten, as did the realisation that he had to come home.

He did so, and when the resulting opera Peter Grimes was premiered in 1945, it kick-started an operatic renaissance in Britain overnight. Peter Grimes – underpinned by benign and savage pictures of the North Sea – is one of the landmark operas of the 20th century, from whose chilling tale of marginalisation and persecution Britten created his most powerful and dramatic music.

Peter Grimes
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)


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