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Britten: Peter Grimes / Runnicles/MET, Griffey, Racette, Michaels-Moore [2 DVD]

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : Peter Grimes, Op. 33
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Peter Grimes, Britten's second opera, is widely regarded as one of the masterpieces of postwar opera, and its premiere 63 years ago marked a turning point in the history of British Opera. Much of the emotional drive of the opera comes from the six 'Sea Interludes' - calm, storm, at dawn and by moonlight. These are among the most brilliantly evocative music that Britten ever wrote and which help to establish the constant, overpowering presence of the sea as the opera's dominant force. Anthony Dean Griffey, as Grimes, is 'superb' (San Francisco Chronicle). Patricia Racette, as Ellen Orford, the schoolmistress who tries and fails to rescue Grimes from his anger and self-pity is 'near faultless' (New York Sun). Donald Runnicles, music director of the San Francisco Opera, "drew an inspired performance from the Met Orchestra, full of passion and commitment yet free of bombast. Without slackening the dramatic tension, he found ways of drawing out both the music's austere lyricism and its violent extremes." - Boston Globe


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>Britten, Benjamin : Peter Grimes, Op. 33
  • Performers: Anthony Griffey (Tenor); Anthony Michaels-Moore (Baritone); Patricia Racette (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Donald Runnicles
  • Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1944-1945