Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach
This is a Peter Grimes unlike any other. To mark the centenary of Britten’s birth in 1913, it was staged outdoors on the beach at Aldeburgh in Suffolk. This was where Benjamin Britten made his home and founded the celebrated music festival that carries the name of this picturesque fishing port on the east coast of England.
The whole spirit of the production, directed by Tim Albery, could hardly be more authentic: Britten based his opera on a narrative poem by George Crabbe, who came from Aldeburgh, and the conductor, Steuart Bedford, spent 24 years as artistic director of the Aldeburgh Festival and led the world premiere of Britten’s Death in Venice.
The cast is led by Alan Oke as the brutal, but sensitive fisherman Peter Grimes, Giselle Allen as Ellen Orford and David Kempster as Captain Balstrode.
“An extraordinary spectacle” was how The Independent described the production, which became a winner at both the BBC Music Magazine Awards and the International Opera Awards.