Met at the Movies: Peter Grimes (Review)

On March 15th (Saturday) I had another chance to go see Met HD Broadcast at a local movie theater, and I have to say that this one was by far the best of this season. Britten’s Peter Grimes, one might argue, is the best opera in English, even if some have reservations about the opera sung in English in general (see Justin Davidson’s review below with Mencken’s quote about baseball and Italy). It is a great work of music and its libretto is as interesting as anything opera-related. This new production of Peter Grimes was quite dark (color and emotion-wise) with a single piece of stage “furniture” that represents the village:

Continue reading

Was There A Certain Amount of Excitement? Met’s Peter Grimes Is Coming Soon!

First to the Met itself on 2/28 and then to the movie theater next door in HD broadcast on 3/15. Let’s all put on some Britten and lean forward expectedly. New York Times shares some information about the upcoming (new) production of Peter Grimes at the Met:

The game is constantly afoot in Benjamin Britten’s “Peter Grimes.” Everyone, it seems, is hunting for something or someone in this opera, most spectacularly in the third and last act, when the entire little fishing community on the harsh North Sea coast of England transforms itself into a vicious mob on the track of Grimes himself, “the borough criminal” who must be caught and destroyed. One of the most terrifying scenes in opera, it is likely to chill audiences once more when the Metropolitan Opera unveils its new staging on Thursday evening. This is the company’s third production since it introduced this compelling work in 1948, just three years after the world premiere at the Sadler’s Wells Opera in London. Read the rest.

Alex Ross pitches in with his always enlightening remarks as well: Continue reading