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Welsh National Opera - Peter Grimes

May 17, 2025

Britten's Peter Grimes is an opera that gets under your skin. Its characters can haunt and its strange, stark soundworld can linger

The Guardian

Why See Welsh National Opera - Peter Grimes?

Classical & Opera


Benjamin Britten's powerful score permeates this tale of a fisherman hell-bent on securing a career-making catch, set to a backdrop of harsh seas and a tiny coastal village where nothing is private. One of Britten's most popular works, this sea-faring opera examines a close sea-side community, and the mistrust that breeds as Peter Grimes continues his singular vision. The Welsh National Opera bring to the stage a brand new production of this much loved epic!

What is the story?

C. 1830, the community of a small seaside town in England is aghast at the actions of fisherman Peter Grimes, who, following the death of one apprentice, is ordered by the local magistrate not to take on another. Ignoring the decision, Grimes finds a new young man to join him in his search for 'one good catch', after which he plans to buy a home and marry local girl Ellen Orford. But when new apprentice John shows signs of abuse exacted by Grimes, retribution from the villagers, tired of his bullying, is not far behind.

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Performance date: 17 May 2025

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