Peter Grimes is the greatest music drama in English.

Brisbane Festival has assembled an exemplary international team to mount two exclusive, semi-staged concerts of Benjamin Britten’s supreme opera. This partnership with Opera Queensland, Philip Bacon AM, Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Queensland Symphony Orchestra promises a truly monumental, life-defining musical event.

Australian tenor Stuart Skelton is the greatest performer of the title role on the planet. One of the most thrilling heldentenors of our time, and the International Opera Awards Male Singer of the Year in 2014, he has appeared in the world’s most celebrated opera houses.

The Queensland Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Scottish star Rory MacDonald, and the staging will be by brilliant UK director Daniel Slater. The mighty Opera Queensland Chorus will lift the roof.

Peter Grimes is the defining British opera of the 20th century and a masterpiece of musical theatre. What really happened to the young apprentice of gruff fisherman Peter Grimes? Featuring Britten’s most evocative sea-inspired music, including the Four Sea Interludes, Peter Grimes paints a vivid picture of a small community convulsed by rumour and mob rule. It is opera for our times. It is an opera to get the blood rushing.

Joining Stuart Skelton for this once-in-a-lifetime event are British singers soprano Sally Matthews and baritone Mark Stone as Ellen and Balstrode, the two people who resolutely stand beside the titanic, but shunned outsider.

These performances of Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten with libretto by Montagu Slater, derived from a poem by George Crabbe are given by permission of Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, exclusive agents for Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd of London.

Performed in English, accompanied with surtitles.

“Stuart Skelton has never been bettered as the hulking Grimes. He totally inhabits the role. His is a performance to treasure.” The Mail on Sunday
“The best Peter Grimes I’ve ever seen… I don’t know when I have ever felt more horrified, more shaken by a performance.” The Spectator, UK
“The most complete Grimes of them all.” Classical Source, UK

    Fog effects used. Contains adult and violent themes.


    Suitable for patrons aged 14 years and older.

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Presented by Brisbane Festival, Opera Queensland, Philip Bacon AM, Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Queensland Symphony Orchestra

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