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Peter Grimes


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An opera in three acts and a prologue derived from the poem of GEORGE CRABBE
Music by BENJAMIN BRITTEN Words by MONTAGU SLATER The moving and powerful tragedy of an East Anglian fisherman, whose uncompromising independence leads to disaster.
Scene: The Borough, a small fishing town on the east coast about 1830
Prologue: a Court Room in the Moot Hall
Act 1, Scene 1: The Borough, a few days later
Scene 2: inside The Boar, the same evening
Act 2, Scene 1: The Borough, some weeks later
Scene 2: Grimes's hut
Act 3, Scene 1: The Borough, three days later
Scene 2: the same a few hours later
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LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA leader JOHN GEORGIADIS conducted by Benjamin Britten
A crucial breakthrough in the presentation of opera on TV.... indisputably authoritative
As a document the recording is priceless and beyond criticism
Staged by JOAN CROSS
Recorded at The Maltings, Snape


Music By: Benjamin Britten
Unknown: Montagu Slater
Leader: John Georgiadis
Conducted By: Benjamin Britten
Unknown: Juanita Waterson
Director: Brian Large
Producer: John Culshaw
Peter Grimes: Peter Pears
Boy (John), his apprentice: Simon Laing
Ellen Orford: Heather Harper
Captain Balstrode, retired merchant skipper: Bryan Drake
Auntie, landlady of The Boar: Elizabeth Bainbridge
Main attractions of The Boar: First niece: Jill Gomez
Second niece: Anne Pashley
Bob Bowles, fisherman and methodist: Gregory Dempsey
Swallow, a lawyer: Owen Brannigan
Mrs Sedley: Ann Robson
The Rev Horace Adams: Robert Tear
Ned Keene, apothecary and quack: David Bowman
Hobson: Michael Rippon
Dr Crabbe: Monti de Lyle

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