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Peter Grimes - Brisbane Festival

  • QPAC - Concert Hall Cnr Grey & Melbourne Streets SOUTH BANK QLD 4101 Australia (map)


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