Peter Grimes

Benjamin Britten

New Teatro alla Scala Production

From 19 May to 7 June 2012

Running Time: 2 hours 55 minutes intermissions included

Sung in English with electronic libretto in Italian, English

Notes on the performancesOpen 
Building on the success of Death in Venice last season, Benjamin Britten’s most popular opera comes to La Scala for the 2011/2012 season. Performed on only two previous occasions at La Scala (1975 and 2000), the opera will be presented for the first time in a new production by English director Richard Jones, whom the public will remember for his extraordinary interpretation of Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of the Mtensk District.

John Graham-Hall, whose portrayal of Gustav von Aschenbach met with great acclaim in Death in Venice, stars as impetuous fisherman Peter Grimes in this mysterious tale set in a small fishing village on England’s east coast in the first half of the nineteenth century.

The unfeasibly young Robin Ticciati, principal conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, takes the helm in his La Scala opera debut.


Robin Ticciati
Richard Jones
Sets and costumes
Stewart Laing
Choreographic movements
Sarah Fahie
Mimi Jordan Sherin


Peter Grimes
John Graham-Hall
Ellen Orford
Susan Gritton
Captain Balstrode
Christopher Purves
Felicity Palmer
First Niece
Ida Falk Winland
Second Niece
Simona Mihai
Bob Boles
Peter Hoare
Daniel Okulitch
Mrs. Sedley
Catherine Wyn-Rogers
Rev. Adams
Christopher Gillett
Ned Keen
George Von Bergen
Stephen Richardson
A Lawyer
Luca Di Gioia
A Fisherwoman
Annalisa Forlani
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