BENJAMIN BRITTEN (UK)
Australian Premiere Exclusive to Brisbane
Peter Grimes is the greatest music drama in English.
Brisbane Festival has assembled an exemplary international team to mount two exclusive, semi-staged concerts of Benjamin Britten’s supreme opera. This will be a monumental, life-defining musical event.
Australian tenor Stuart Skelton is the greatest performer of the title role on the planet. One of the most thrilling heldentenors of our time, and the International Opera Awards Male Singer of the Year in 2014, he has appeared in the world’s most celebrated opera houses.
"The best Peter Grimes I’ve ever seen… I don’t know when I have ever felt more horrified, more shaken by a performance" The Spectator, UK
The Queensland Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Scottish star Rory Macdonald, and the staging will be by brilliant UK director Daniel Slater. The mighty Opera Queensland Chorus will lift the roof.
Peter Grimes is the defining British opera of the 20th century and a masterpiece of musical theatre. What really happened to the young apprentice of gruff fisherman Peter Grimes? Featuring Britten’s most evocative sea-inspired music, including the Four Sea Interludes, Peter Grimes paints a vivid picture of a small community convulsed by rumour and mob rule. It is opera for our times. It is an opera to get the blood rushing.
Joining Stuart Skelton for this once-in-a-lifetime event are British singers soprano Sally Matthews and baritone Mark Stone as Ellen and Balstrode, the two people who resolutely stand beside the titanic, but shunned outsider.
Rory Macdonald Conductor
Daniel Slater Director
Bill Haycock Set & Costume Designer
David Walters Lighting Designer
Tarita Botsman Assistant Director
Stuart Skelton Peter Grimes
Sally Matthews Ellen Orford
Mark Stone Balstrode
Hayley Sugars Auntie
Katie Stenzel Niece 1
Natalie Christie Peluso Niece 2
Jacqueline Dark Mrs Sedley
Andrew Collis Swallow
Michael Honeyman Ned Keene
Bradley Daley Bob Boles
Gregory Massingham Rev. Horace Adams
Jud Arthur Hobson