Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach DVD
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Directed by Margaret Williams
Produced in 2013
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - British Film
A landmark anniversary production of Benjamin Britten's greatest opera on the very beach that inspired it, Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach was filmed in June 2013 during three extraordinary performances that took place during the Aldeburgh Festival.
Ever since it was premiered at Sadler's Wells back in 1945, Benjamin Britten's masterpiece has captured the imaginations of audiences worldwide. 'Peter Grimes' is a tale of social oppression and its tragic consequences, adapted from George Crabbe's poem 'The Borough'. It tells the story of an ambitious fisherman in an English seaside village who is accused by locals of murdering his boy apprentices. Britten's fictionalised Borough was based on his home village of Aldeburgh in Suffolk. The opera's famous Four Sea Interludes also paint a vivid sound picture of the North Sea. Tim Albery's bold, evocative new staging takes place on Aldeburgh Beach itself as part of the Britten centenary celebrations. The role of tortured anti-hero Grimes is sung by Alan Oke, who received critical acclaim for his performance in the 2007 Aldeburgh Festival production of Britten's 'Death in Venice'.
Ellen Orford-Giselle Allen
Captain Balstrode- David Kempster
Conductor Stuart Bedford
Length: 145 mins
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 widescreen
Format: DVD Colour
Released: 25th November 2013
Cat No: 102179
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese