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The Kennedy Center - Opera House
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
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The weather was Windy. I wore dress stocking and boots.
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They only allow bottled water inside the theatre, so if you get a drink that isn't water at intermission, make sure you have time to drink it. Drinks and snacks are expensive, so if you can do without your pocketbook will be happier!
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"Peter Grimes"
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4.3 average rating
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17 reviews
15 stars
attended Mar 26 2009

We didn't like the opera very much, although the staging and singing were fine. Very discordant music.

HOWEVER, as always, Goldstar's services were excellent.

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Hailed as “the Grimes of the post-Vickers generation” (Opera News), British tenor Christopher Ventris stars in WNO’s company premiere of Peter Grimes. With its haunting, sea-tossed score and profound psychological insight, Benjamin Britten’s work tells the tale of Peter Grimes, a lonely fisherman who is persecuted and accused of murder.

In a sea of enraged villagers, his only support comes from schoolmistress Ellen Orford (Patricia Racette) and Captain Balstrode (Alan Held). Known for her musical and dramatic mastery, American soprano Patricia Racette’s Ellen Orford was recently praised for “uncommon vocal vibrancy” and “dramatic intensity” (The New York Times).

American bass-baritone Alan Held, a WNO favorite lauded for his “solid baritone and stalwart presence” (The New York Times), will sing the role of Captain Balstrode in this riveting production from Santa Fe Opera.

See why Peter Grimes has become the most performed 20th-century British opera in the international repertoire.

Performed in English with English supertitles.

About the Ticket Supplier: Washington National Opera

As the resident opera company of the Kennedy Center, Washington National Opera (WNO) draws on a rich history to offer high-quality grand opera featuring internationally acclaimed artists. Additionally, WNO serves as a vital resource throughout the Washington metro area, bringing opera to a broad public through its award-winning education and community programs.