Peter Grimes by

Benjamin Britten

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Britten's masterpiece, set in a claustrophobic seaside town on the England's windswept coast presents some of the most powerful and theatrical music ever written for the operatic stage.

"Surely now the Grimes of our day. Not to be missed on stage". The Sunday Times

"Stunning, both vocally and dramatically" - The Arbutarian

Bergen National Opera and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra are delighted to collaborate with Bergen International Festival to present a concert performance of Benjamin Britten's great opera Peter Grimes.

Benjamin Britten's opera created a theatrical and musical revolution in England's music - an opera which combined great sweeping orchestral writing with brilliant storytelling and searing vocal lines.

Bergen National Opera collaborates with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Bergen International Festival to present a concert performance of Peter Grimes with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra's music director Edward Gardner conducting and a spectacular cast of Britten specialist soloists led by great Australian tenor Stuart Skelton.


Benjamin Britten / Music
Montagu Slater / Libretto based on George Crabbes poem The Borough

Ed Gardner / Conductor
Stage concept: Vera Rostin Wexelsen
Norwegian translation: Maria af Klinteberg Herresthal
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Edvard Grieg Kor, Bergen Philharmonic Choir, Collegium Musicum Kor, Royal Northern College of Music Choir (Manchester)
Håkon Matti Skrede / Choirmaster

Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes including break
Number of breaks: 1
Language: English
Subtitles: Norwegian


Contributing actors


Ed Gardner

Edward Gardener is Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra’s chief conductor, internationally acknowledged as one of the most prominent orchestra leaders of his generation. He has his education from the University of Cambridge and Royal Academy of Music in London. After his studies, he started as an assistant for Sir Mark Elder, and later advanced to Music Director of Glyndebourne Touring Opera, before being appointed Music Director at English National Opera. Edward Gardener conducts regularly in opera houses like Metropolitan in New York, La Scala in Milan, the opera in Paris and at Glyndbourne. His many recordings have won great critcial acclaim – also those with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Peter Grimes marks his first collaboration with Bergen National Opera.

Peter Grimes:

Stuart Skelton

Named Male Singer of the Year at the 2014 International Opera Awards, Stuart Skelton is one of the finest heldentenors on the stage today, critically acclaimed for his outstanding musicianship, tonal beauty, and intensely dramatic portrayals. Recent highlights include the title role in Otello at English National Opera, Tristan at The Met and Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Siegmund at Bayerische Staatsoper and Samson in Samson et Dalila at Opéra National de Bordeaux. Stuart Skelton can be heard on numerous recording, notably The Dream of Gerontius with Sir Andrew Davis conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Sir Charles Mackerras and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Ellen Orford:

Giselle Allen

Born in Belfast, Giselle Allen graduated from the University of Wales with an honours in Music before pursuing her vocal studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music. Her operatic roles include Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, Countess in Le nozze di Figaro, the title role in Tosca, Rusalka and Jenufa, and Freia, Gerhilde and Gutrune from the Ring cycle. As a concert artist Giselle Allen has performed in many of the major concert halls in the UK and Ireland. She has worked with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Sir David Willcocks and Marin Alsop.

Captain Balstrode:

Roderick Williams

The English baritone, Roderick Williams, trained at the Guildhall School of Music, and at the same time he made his operatic debut as Tarquinius in Britten's Rape of Lucretia. In 1994 he was second prize overall in the Kathleen Ferrier singing competition. Roderick Williams is equally in demand on the opera stage as on the concert platform. He has sung with famous orchestras like the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Highlights from the last seasons include the titlerole in Billy Budd for Opera North, the titlerole in Eugene Onegin for Garsington Opera and Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte for English National Opera.


Annika Schlicht

The German mezzo-soprano Annika Schlicht graduated with diploma from Hanns Eisler College of Music in 2015. She has also taken master classes with celebrated singers like Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Brigitte Fassbaender and Deborah Polaski. Even while studying, she has for the last three seasons sung a great number of roles at Staatsoper and Deutsche Oper in Berlin. Highlights include Auntie in Peter Grimes, Olga in Eugene Onegin and Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel. This season she is making her debut at Opéra National de Paris as 2nd Lady in The Magic Flute. Auntie with Bergen National Opera marks her Scandinavian debut.

Niece one:

Hanna Husáhr

The Swedish soprano Hanna Husáhr trained at the Music Conservatoire in Falun, Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, Stockholm Opera Studio and the University of Gothenburg. She made her debut in 2009 at Folkoperan in Stockholm as Leïle in The Pearlfishers. In the last years, her carreer has taken her to Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and Opéra Royale de Versailles where she has sung Romilda in Serse. This season she is singing the demanding role Pat Nixon in Nixon in China at the Royal Opera in Stockholm. Hanna Husáhr is a frequent guest at Bergen National Opera. Especially memorable is her Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Niece two:

Vibeke Kristensen

The Norwegian soprano, Vibeke Kristensen, is educated at the Norwegian Academy of Music and the Royal Danish Opera Academy. She excels in Mozart operas and made a thrilling Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro in 2009 with Bergen National Opera. Recent highlights include First Lady in The Magic Flute at the operas in Kristiansund, Ringsaker and Nordfjordeid, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Susanna for the Danish National Opera. Her Adele in Die Fledermaus i Kristiansund and Nordfjordeid made quite a mark in the 2013/14 season. Vibeke Kristensen is also a sought after concert singer and appears regularly in oratories and masses in Norway and Denmark. Second Niece marks her role debut, as well as Britten debut.

Bob Boles:

Colin Judson

British tenor Colin Judson studied singing at the Guildhall School of Music in London. He is now greatly in demand both for his operatic and concert work, as well as for his television appearances. Colin Judson debuted at the Royal Opera House as Pang in Turandot, and returned for Vogelgesang in Die Meistersinger and Monostatos in The Magic Flute. He appears regularly at Glyndebourne and English National Opera, where highlights have been The Witch in Hansel und Gretel and Don Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro. Outside Britain, he sang recently Sellem in The Rake’s Progress at Teatro Regio di Torino and Bob Boles in Peter Grimes at Opéra de Lyon.


Andrew Greenan

The bass Andrew Greenan studied singing at the Royal Northern College of Music, and made his operatic debut at La Scala in Schoenberg’s Die Glückliche Hand. His long career has brought him all over the world to leading opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Royal Opera House in London, La Monnaie in Brussels and Cape Town Opera. Important roles are Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Landgraf in Tannhäuser, Wotan in Der Walküre, Der Wanderer in Siegfried, Rocco in Fidelio and Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier. Andrew Greenan also performs regularly on the concert platform, and appears on several recordings, notably as Tiresias in Oedipus Rex by Stravinsky.

Mrs. Sedley:

Catheryn Wyn-Rogers

Catherine Wyn-Rogers studied at the Royal College of Music in London, and continued her studies with Ellis Keeler and Diane Forlano. She has performed in concert with Leonard Slatkin, Bernard Haitink, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Colin Davis, Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Zubin Mehta, to mention some. She excels in deeper roles like Erda, Filipyevna, Auntie and Mary which have brought her to Bayerische Staatsoper, Valencia, Firenze, Tokyo and Seoul, Royal Opera and English National Opera in London.
For The Met in New York, she debuted as Adelaide in Arabella, and for La Scala in Milan, as Mrs Sedley in Peter Grimes. She is singing for the first time with Bergen National Opera.

Rev. Horace Adams, the rector:

James Gilchrist

British tenor James Gilchrist began his working life as a doctor, turning to a full-time career in music in 1996. A prolific and versatile singer, he excels in the baroque repertoire, as well as in Britten’s operas. Recent highlights include a row of fine Handel roles: Jupiter in Semele, Hyllus in Hercules, title-role of Jephta and Septimius in Theodora. Equally, the church operas by Britten for the Buxton and Aldeburgh festivals stand out. Singing the tenor in Die Schöpfung by Haydn at Garsington Opera last season, made a mark, and the song cycles Dichterliebe by Schumann and An die Ferne Geliebte by Beethoven in Wigmore Hall received great critical acclaim.

Ned Keene:

Marcus Farnsworth

The British baritone, Marcus Farnsworth, was awarded first prize in the 2009 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition and the Song Prize at the 2011 Kathleen Ferrier Competition, the same year he completed his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London. His rising career has already brought him to prestigious venues like Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and La Monnaie in Brussels. Recent highlights include Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, English Clerk in Britten Death in Venice and Novice’s Friend in Billy Budd for English National Opera. Marcus made a mark as Kelvin in Dai Fujikura’s new opera, Solaris, at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and the operas in Lille and Lausanne last season.


Barnaby Rea

The British bass Barnaby Rea graduated from Guildhall School of Music before entering the National Opera Studio in London. In the last seasons, he has performed a series of roles at English National Opera, notably Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Colline in La boheme and Lodovico in Otello. For Scottish Opera he sang Masetto in Don Giovanni in 2013, and Bonzo in Madama Butterfly for Opera Holland Park the same year. This season he is appearing at Oper Frankfurt in a broad array of operas: Falstaff, Martha, Eugene Onegin, The Rake’s Progress and Jeanne d’Arc au bucher. Hobson in Peter Grimes with Bergen National Opera marks his Scandinavian debut.

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