Glyndebourne Label to release recording of Peter Grimes from 2000

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Glyndebourne is proud to announce that the next recording to be released on its independent CD label will be Peter Grimes from __ the 2000 Festival, conducted by Mark Wigglesworth with Anthony Dean Griffey in the title role

The Glyndebourne Label reflects the desire to further extend Glyndebourne’s work beyond the opera house and draws upon the core values of a commitment to quality and inventiveness. Releases on The Glyndebourne Label draw on the extensive recordings in the archive, which span the years from 1960 to the present day. These recordings are often released in pairs, with one recording from the old opera house and one from the new, which opened in 1994.

The recordings were originally made for archival purposes and effectively’eavesdrop’on live performances, the recorded sound derived from microphones of extremely high quality, located for the most part high above the orchestra pit. This practice has resulted in vividly realistic recordings with the sound corresponding very closely to that which the audience heard in the live environment. Recorded by the late John Barnes, with the blessing of the Christie family, this unique collection of performance recordings is now becoming available on CD for the first time.

The CDs are packaged as a hard-bound book containing a full libretto and synopsis in two languages alongside a commissioned article about the opera.

Peter Grimes Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes tells the story of Grimes, a local fisherman, who is shrouded in suspicion. An outsider in a very enclosed community, Grimes is at the mercy of the local population and their gossip, accused of the mysterious deaths of his male apprentices. An individual against the crowd, Grimes is an outcast, both socially and physically- living in his hut away from the village on top of a cliff. He is subjected to various accusations which eventually lead to his death, finally sating the wicked rumours which persist about his lifestyle. First and foremost, Peter Grimes is about being an’outsider’figure, and the stresses and tensions surrounding this.

Peter Grimes was first staged at Glyndebourne in 1992, continuing Glyndebourne’s long standing tradition of presenting Britten operas. This recording, from the 2000 Festival revival of Trevor Nunn’s production, features tenor Anthony Dean Griffey in the title role, who made his Glyndebourne debut, while Vivian Tierney returned as Ellen Orford, the role she sang in the original 1992 production. Mark Wigglseworth made his Glyndebourne debut, conducting Glyndebourne’s resident orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Steven Page, who made his Glyndebourne debut in the role of Nick Shadow in the 1994 Festival production of The Rake’s Progress , sang the role of Captain Balstrode. Susan Gorton as Auntie, Linda Tuvås as Second Niece, John Graham-Hall as Bob Boles, Stafford Dean as Swallow, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke as The Rev Horace Adams and Michael Haughey as Dr Crabbe all made returns to Glyndebourne. Hilary Summers as Mrs Sedley, Michael Druiett as Hobson and Camilla Tilling as First Niece all made their Glyndebourne debuts.

“Vocally, Griffey combines the lyricism of Peter Pears with the roaring heft of Jon Vickers to give what is perhaps the finest interpretation of the role to date