Opera in three acts and a prologue by Benjamin Britten (1945)

Composer Benjamin Britten · Text by Montagu Slater based on the poem by George Crabbe
In englischer Sprache · Mit Übertiteln in deutscher und englischer Sprache

Sunday, 13. March 2022
07:00 pm

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Premiere at 28. February 2022

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Edward Gardner
Stefan Herheim
Set Design
Silke Bauer
Costume Design
Esther Bialas
Alexander Meier-Dörzenbach
Stellario Fagone

Peter Grimes
Stuart Skelton
Ellen Orford
Rachel Willis-Sørensen
Iain Paterson
Claudia Mahnke
1. Nichte
Lindsay Ohse
2. Nichte
Emily Pogorelc
Bob Boles
Kevin Conners
Brindley Sherratt
Mrs. Sedley
Jennifer Johnston
Rev. Horace Adams
Paul Groves
Ned Keene
Konstantin Krimmel
Daniel Noyola
  • Bayerisches Staatsorchester
  • Chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper
  • Children's chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper

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The opera begins with a showdown – a trial, which should actually take place at the end. A boy has died, drowned while fishing with the fisherman Peter Grimes. The circumstances are suspicious, but evidence for a conviction there is not. The acquittal is ambivalent, the stigma of being of a violent nature sticks to Grimes – as if the townspeople believe it should be so, both opponents and friends. Some see an enemy in the outcast, others the object of their compassion. Grimes is faced with ill will on all fronts, like Sisyphus. A vicious circle! It was also a life-long concern for Britten: “... the struggle of the individual against the masses. The more vicious the society, the more vicious the individual.” Everywhere he turns the snare tightens, until another piece of misfortune seals Grimes’s fate. Britten’s first grand opera is an inexhaustible panorama of interpersonal entanglements, illustrated by the world of simple coastal folk, whose seams are only scantily held together. His music penetrates deep into the soul with its tones for the lonesome individual, the unleashed masses and eternal nature.


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Edward Gardner, in Gloucester geboren, ist seit 2015 Chefdirigent des Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, mit dem er u. a. auf Tourneen in Berlin, München und Amsterdam, bei den BBC Proms und dem Edinburgh International Festival zu Gast war. Nach seinem Studium an der Royal Academy of Music in London war er von 2006 bis 2015 war er Musikdirektor der English National Opera. Als Operndirigent gastierte er mehrfach an der Metropolitan Opera New York, am Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, am Teatro alla Scala in Mailand, an der Chicago Lyric Opera, der Glyndebourne Festival Opera und der Opéra National de Paris. Auf dem Konzertpodium war er mit dem New Yorker Philharmonic, dem Chicago Symphony Orchestra, der San Francisco Symphony, dem Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, dem Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, den Wiener Symphonikern, dem Philharmonia Orchestra, dem City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra und dem BBC Symphony Orchestra zu erleben. Seit der Saison 2021/22 ist er Chefdirigent des London Philharmonic Orchestra. (Stand: 2021)

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