English National Opera’s cinema programme opens with Benjamin Britten’s timeless opera Peter Grimes. Starring Stuart Skelton, it will be streamed live to up to 300 UK cinemas and selected overseas screens on 23 February 2014.
Experience the searing psychological drama, intrigue and suspense of British composer Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes screened live from the London Coliseum, home of English National Opera, and captured in stunning multi-camera HD. Peter Grimes contains some of the most evocative music ever written with the wildness of the sea and the instability of Grimes’s mind superbly reflected in Britten’s music.
In a small coastal fishing village in Suffolk, fisherman Peter Grimes’ apprentice disappears at sea. What happened to the boy? Was Peter Grimes involved? He is questioned in court but no charges are brought against him. The villagers are suspicious of Grimes and believe him to be responsible for the boy’s disappearance. Subjected to a hate campaign, Peter’s state of mind and behaviour becomes increasingly unstable. He takes on another apprentice with tragic consequences.
Directed by David Alden, Peter Grimes is one of ENO’s most successful productions. The company is known as the world’s leading producer of Britten’s operas and it was where Peter Grimes was first premiered back in 1945.