The seeds for this emotionally powerful opera were sewn while Benjamin Britten was in California, where an encounter with George Crabbe's poem "Peter Grimes" left the composer nostalgic for his Suffolk home in the coastal town of Aldeburgh.
On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Peter Grimes in a performance from London's Royal Albert Hall, recorded at the 2012 BBC Proms Concerts. The stars are tenor Stuart Skelton in the title role, with soprano Amanda Roocroft as Ellen Orford, the woman who tries to help Grimes, but instead is drawn into his grim and tragic existence.
Conductor: Edward Gardner
Peter Grimes: Stuart Skelton (tenor)
Ellen Orford: Amanda Roocroft (soprano)
Balstrode: Iain Paterson (baritone)
Auntie: Rebecca de Pont Davies (mezzo-soprano)
Mrs. Sedley: Felicity Palmer (mezzo-soprano)
First Niece: Gillian Ramm (soprano)
Second Niece: Mairead Buicke (soprano)
Swallow: Mark Richardson (bass)
Ned Keene: Leigh Melrose (baritone)
Bob Boles: Michael Colvin (tenor)
Darren Jeffrey: Darren Jeffrey (bass)
Reverend Adams: Stuart Kale (tenor)
English National Opera Orchestra and Chorus