Britten's Peter Grimes from San Francisco Opera

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Heather Harper and Steven Cohen in Britten's 'Peter Grimes' Heather Harper and Steven Cohen in Britten's 'Peter Grimes' (San Francisco Opera/Greg Peterson)

Join us Saturday at 1 pm for a special archive broadcast of San Francisco Opera's 1976 production of Peter Grimes, starring Canadian heldentenor Jon Vickers.

Along with Vickers in the title role, the cast features soprano Heather Harper as Ellen Orford, the woman who tries to help Grimes, but instead is drawn into his grim and tragic existence. John Pritchard conducts this performance, recorded at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco.

Cast:
Hobson    Paul Geiger
Swallow    Alexander Malta
Peter Grimes    Jon Vickers
Mrs. Sedley    Donna Petersen
Ellen Orford    Heather Harper
A Fisherman    John Del Carlo
Auntie     Sheila Nadler
Bob Boles    Paul Crook
Captain Balstrode   Geraint Evans
Rev. Horace Adams   Joseph Frank
First Niece    Claudia Cummings
Second Niece    Pamela South
Ned Keene    Wayne Turnage
Boy     Steven Cohen
A Lawyer    John Duykers
Dr. Thorpe    Janusz
Offstage Voice   Luana De Vol
Janice Aaland

CONDUCTOR:  John Pritchard
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Geraint Evans

San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus  
CHORUS DIRECTOR: Robert Jones

Comments [2]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

JON VICKERS's best integrated vocally and dramaturgically role was PETER GRIMES. I heard and saw him at the MET OPERA as Grimes in its premiere at the MET. In Italian, French and Wagner roles he had the power but not "the glory." The vocal timbre was not beautiful enough for the Italian or French roles and for his best known appearances in the Wagner oeuvre. the timbre itself was too light and there was no "rounded" tone but rather a sliver well projected. His musical ability and acting prowess won him the day whenever his vocal timbre was inadequate.

Sep. 13 2014 01:54 PM
Adele F. (aka AF) from Nassau County, Long Island

Don't much like this opera, but do love the singing of Jon Vickers!!

Sep. 13 2014 02:35 AM

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