Teatro Real Madrid: Peter Grimes

A Part of the WFMT Radio Network Opera Series

Above: (L-R) Allan Clayton as Peter Grimes, and Saul Esgueva as Child

For cast lists, please visit the Opera Series Overview.

Teatro Real, Madrid, presents Benjamin Britten’s opera Peter Grimes, starring Allan Clayton in the title role alongside Maria Bengtsson as Ellen Orford and a fantastic cast. Ivor Bolton conducts the Teatro Real Orchestra and Chorus.

If there exists a before and after in British opera, then this is measured from the opening of Peter Grimes at Sadler’s Wells in London in June 1945. Greeted as the most important English opera since the time(s) of Henry Purcell, the success of the work was decisive in the evolution of Britten’s operatic talent and consolidating him as the composer who was to become an undisputed reference point of the 20th century.

Based on a poem published in 1810 with a more ethnographic than dramatic focus, Britten constructed a somber parable about the conflict between the masses and the individual. The maritime atmosphere, the crudity of people’s lives and passions, and the complex, impenetrable personality of the protagonist come together in a tragedy that ferments and explodes in the din of silence and hearsay; a tragedy which is immediately forgotten and gives way to the self-righteousness of everyday lives and the movement of the sea itself. After the recent success of Billy Budd, opera and theatre director Deborah Warner returns to the Teatro Real to premiere this coproduction between the Royal Opera House Covent Garden of London, the Opéra National de Paris (or the Paris Opera) and the Teatro dell’Opera of Rome. (Description courtesy of Teatro Real, Madrid).


About the Host

Lisa Flynn has been a program host and producer for WFMT since 1991. She presents The New Releases and has hosted many programs for the WFMT Radio Network, including War Letters (which won the 2002 Peter Lisagor Award) and a series of live broadcasts from Salzburg to celebrate Mozart’s 250th birthday in 2006. As WFMT’s midday weekday announcer, Lisa hosts live studio performances and interviews guest artists including Renée Fleming, John Adams, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, John Eliot Gardiner, and many others. Before coming to Chicago, Lisa presented classical music at WOSU in Columbus, Ohio, and at WMFE and WUCF in Orlando, Florida. She holds a music degree from the University of Central Florida.


Category: Operas
Duration: 2-hour / Varies by Opera
Frequency: Flexible
Availability: 11/13/2021 - 11/19/2021

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