Venue Details

16115 Star Starred
The Kennedy Center - Opera House
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
202-467-4600
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4.3 / 5 Rated by 4 members
Review from Margot and Paul Zimmerman

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.

reviewed Mar 26 2009 report as inappropriate
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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.

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