Britten's 'Peter Grimes' from Vienna

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

A view from the stage of Vienna's Theater an der Wien. A view from the stage of Vienna's Theater an der Wien. (VBW)
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This week on World of Opera, Lisa Simeone hosts a production of Benjamin Britten's opera Peter Grimes from the Theater an der Wien in Vienna. Based on a grim poem by George Crabbe, the opera stars tenor Joseph Kaiser in the title role of a fisherman whose apprentice dies mysteriously while out on the water. His fellow townspeople begin to spread rumors, suspecting that Grimes had a hand in the young boy's death. Suspicion transforms into all but a conviction in Britten's psychological examination of when small town's attitude becomes mob mentality.

Agneta Eichenholz singes the role of Grimes's closest confident, Ellen Orford, and Cornelius Meister conducts the ORF Radio Symphony and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir.

Cast:

Peter Grimes: Joseph Kaiser (tenor)
Ellen Orford: Agneta Eichenholz (soprano)
Balstrode: Andrew Foster-Williams (baritone)
Auntie: Hanna Schwarz (mezzo-soprano)
Mrs. Sedley: Rosalind Plowright (mezzo-soprano)
First Niece: Kiandra Howarth (soprano)
Second Niece: Frederikke Kampmann (soprano)
Swallow: Stefan Cerny (bass)
Ned Keene: Tobias Greenhalgh (baritone)
Bob Boles: Andreas Conrad (tenor)
Hobson: Lukas Jakobski (bass)
Reverend Adams: Erik Arman (tenor)

Arnold Schoenberg Choir
ORF Radio Symphony
Cornelius Meister, conductor

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