‘Peter Grimes’ live for all of Spain

Peter Grimes

The new production Peter Grimes, Benjamin Britten, currently on stage at the Teatro Real, with great public and critical success, can be followed throughout Spain next weekend.

My Opera Player will issue the penultimate performance of the opera, he Friday, 7 of May, to 19.00 hours. It is a unique occasion, since the opera can only be seen live, both by subscribers and by those who acquire the ‘Direct ticket ’. After the function is finished, the recording will not be part of the platform's catalog.

The next day, Saturday, 8 of May, to 19.00 hours, Peter Grimes will reach countries throughout Europe through the recording made by Classical Radio, the RNE last 24 of April, which will be issued in Spain and offered through the A CHILD (European Broadcasting Union).

The new production of the Teatro Real, co-produced with the Royal Opera House, London, the Opéra national de Paris and the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, and released the past 19 of April, it is having a huge national and international repercussion, not only because of its great artistic quality but also because of the challenge it entailed to carry it out in the current context of the pandemic.

Your artistic team -with Ivor Bolton in musical direction, Deborah Warner in the direction of scene, Michael Levine in the scenery and Kim Brandstrup in the choreography- is the same one that triumphed in 2017 with Billy Budd, also by Britten, become the most awarded production of the Royal Theater.

In the choral cast of this opera stand out, in their respective roles, the tenor Allan Clayton as Peter Grimes, soprano Maria Bengtsson as Ellen Orford, and baritone Christopher Purves as Captain Balstrode, seconded by Clive Bayley (Swallow), Jacques Imbrailo (Ned Keene), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Auntie), John Graham Hall (Bob Boles), Rosie Aldridge (Mrs. Sedley), James Gilchrist (Rev. Horace Adams), Barnaby Rea (Hobson), Rocío Pérez (first niece) Y Natalia Labourdette (second niece).

He Titular Choir of the Teatro Real, prepared, as usual, by director Andrés Máspero, has in this opera an important role both musical and dramaturgical, and the Head of the Royal Theatre Orchestra, that is immersed again in the colossal music of Benjamin Britten under the baton of its musical director, Ivor Bolton.

In this masterful opera, the inhabitants of a small coastal town, whose hard life passes under the relentless influence of the sea, they face, they sentence, They slander and humiliate a sullen and violent fisherman who clumsily yearns to integrate into that society that despises him. The question that beats throughout the entire drama - is Peter Grimes the murderer of a child??- triggers many other, of great depth, to which Britten does not answer, though his music always treats marginalized and lonely beings with poignant compassion.

To show the drama of Peter Grimes in all its rawness, stigmatized in a society that creates its own monsters, Deborah Warner, with the complicity of the set designer Michael Levine, has set the drama in a very poor town on the Suffolk coast. There they remain the same line of the horizon, the fury of the sea and the pebble beach that inspired Crabbe's poetry and Britten's opera. But the misery and helplessness of its people today are fundamental in the staging, in which Warner's meticulous work stands out, that always explores the psychological depth of the characters.

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