Opera in Cinema/Emerging Pictures presents THE TEATRO ALLA SCALA PRODUCTION OF PETER GRIMES, LIVE in HD, starring John Graham-Hall, Susan Gritton, Christopher Purves, and Felicity Palmer, today, May 24th, 2:00 p.m. at Big Cinemas Manhattan Theater, 239 East 59th Street. Running time is 175 minutes.
With its Opera in Cinema and Ballet in Cinema programs, Emerging Pictures leads in providing comprehensive alternative arts programming to American audiences. Other live and encore captured live performances this season include operas by Puccini and Verdi performed at London’s Royal Opera House and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. There is also a full complement of LIVE HD simulcast ballet performances from Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater and London’s Royal Ballet. All are on full-size movie screens.
British composer Benjamin Britten described his opera Peter Grimes as “…a subject very close to my heart, the struggle of the individual against the masses. The more vicious the society, the more vicious the individual.” Set in a drab fishing village, Peter Grimes tells the story of a man accused by his neighbors of committing unspeakable crimes, and the question of whether those accusations and their consequences are just. Britten’s incredible score includes the Four Sea Interludes, instrumental music between scenes that perfectly expresses the mystery and pain at the heart of this opera. Starring John Graham-Hall, Susan Gritton, Christopher Purves and Felicity Palmer, with conductor Robin Ticciati in his debut at La Scala.
Composer: Benjamin Britten Libretto: Montagu Slater, from George Crabbe’s the poem “Peter Grimes” Conductor: Robin Ticciati Director: Richard Jones Sets and Costumes: Stewart Laing Lights: Mimi Jordan Sherin Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio Cast: Peter Grimes: John Graham-Hall Ellen Orford: Susan Gritton Captain Balstrode: Christopher Purves Auntie: Felicity Palmer First Niece: Malin Christensson Second Niece: Simona Mihai Bob Boles: Peter Hoare Swallow: Daniel Okulitch Mrs. Sedley: Catherine Wyn-Rogers Rev. Adams: Christopher Gillett Ned Keen: George Von Bergen Hobson: Stephen Richardson Synopsis: