David Robertson conducts a superb cast led by Stuart Skelton in Peter Grimes, one of the great operas of the 20th century.
Peter Grimes is a psychologically penetrating portrait of a tortured outsider antihero versus the cruelty of a small-town mob. Set in The Borough, a claustrophobic Suffolk fishing village, this tragic drama plays out against vivid musical seascapes. Nature is a character – beautiful, tender and savage. Grimes – wild, individual and visionary – hurls himself against the implacable forces of society and the sea.
David Robertson’s ‘driven, exacting’ conducting and a cast led by an extraordinary Grimes in Australian tenor Stuart Skelton bring this gripping and resonant opera to life in the concert hall, backed by the power of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
‘‘Skelton’s voice… becomes an instrument of singular dramatic power here, rising to the most delicate heights and descending to a shudder-inducing growl…’’
San Francisco Chronicle