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Peter Grimes 2017Edinburgh International Festival

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2017 is the 70th year of the Edinburgh Festival, and the opera programme is a celebratory one with a distinctly expanded line-up of nine works. For the first time for ages, we have a residency by a major visiting company, the Teatro Regio, Torino, with Macbeth, the opera that opened that first Festival back in 1947, and La bohème. never before seen at the Festival, and a work that was launched at the Teatro Regio back in 1896. Scottish Opera provide a new staging of Greek, Turnage's ground-breaking piece that was a Festival co-commission in 1988. There is also a strongly cast  staging of Don Giovanni.

The operas to be performed in concert include Die Walküre, the second of the Festival's survey of the Ring, as well as Peter Grimes. The 450th anniversary of Monteverdi's birth is celebrated with a trilogy of concerts in which John Eliot Gardiner conducts L'Orfeo, Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria and.L'incoronazione di Poppea, seen together in Edinburgh for the first time since 1978.

There are three further events, not part of the opera programme, but which should be highlighted. No Festival visit is complete without a morning concert at the Queen's Hall. Here there is a prelude to the Monteverdi event in the form of Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda in a recently discovered transcription by Heinrich Schütz. The gloriously dramatic Damnation of Faust by Berlioz is performed by Mark Elder and the Hallé, while the Festival continues its exploration of rare Elgar with a revival of the cantata King Olaf.

Peter Grimes has only been given at a single previous Festival, when Britten was one of two themes of the musical programme, the other being Schubert. The work was given an excellent staging by Scottish Opera, under Alexander Gibson, directed by Colin Graham. Of the present cast, Stuart Skelton had a great success as Grimes in a recent production at ENO, conducted by Edward Gardner. Christopher Purves, here singing Balstrode, performed Ned Keene with Scottish Opera near the start of his operatic career in 1997. Catherine Wyn-Rogers has for many years been an ideal interpreter of Mrs Sedley, and sang the part with Scottish Opera as long ago as 1994.

Performance Cast

Hobson carrier, constable of The Borough

Barnaby Rea

Swallow lawyer, Mayor of The Borough

Brindley Sherratt

Peter Grimes a fisherman

Stuart Skelton

Mrs 'Nabob' Sedley widow of an East India Company factor

Catherine Wyn-Rogers

Ellen Orford widow and schoolmistress

Erin Wall

Captain Balstrode a retired sea officer

Christopher Purves

Bob Boles fisherman and Methodist

Robert Murray

Rev Horace Adams the Rector

James Gilchrist

Auntie landlady of 'The Boar'

Susan Bickley

First 'Niece'

Hanna Husáhr

Second 'Niece'

Vibeke Kristensen

Ned Keene apothecary and quack

Marcus Farnsworth

Performance DatesPeter Grimes 2017

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Usher Hall | Edinburgh

13 Aug, 18.00

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