Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach


Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach. This is a special performance of the PG opera. In June 2013, Tim Albery directed 3 performances of PG on the beach at Aldeburgh, England as part of the Aldeburgh Festival. The orchestra music was pre-recorded by the Britten-Pears Orchestra conducted by Steuart Bedford. The singers were miked, including the Chorus of Opera North and the Chorus of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. It's not clear now how the music was put together for the Blu-ray recording. Stars Alen Oke, Giselle Allen, David Kempster, Gaynor Keeble, Alexandra Hutton, Charmian Bedford, Robert Murray, Henry Waddington, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Christopher Gillett, Charles Rice, and Stephen Richardson. Screen direction by Margaret Williams. Released January 6, 2014, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

The initial PR release mysteriously calls this show a "film interpretation."

Update on 2015-01-25 by Henry McFadyen Jr.

In the December 2014 Gramophone at page 21, Richard Fairman made this Peter Grimes his "Critic's Choice" for the year.