Peter Grimes: The Divided Self
Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes (Complete, uncut)
One World Symphony
One World Symphony Vocal Artists
Sung Jin Hong, Conductor
Peter Grimes, the first of Britten's operas to be considered a critical and popular success, exploded onto the musical scene during the last year of World War II. Set in Britten's home of East Anglia, the opera was inspired by the poem "The Borough" by the eighteenth-century English poet George Crabbe. Britten's Grimes is a tortured hero, his soul caught in crisis between personal sovereignty and social conformity. When the two combine fatally, his inevitable destruction is ensues. Watch and hear as the three protagonists metaphorically unite order and chaos -- the schizophrenic Grimes, the force of public opinion (represented by the chorus), and the enveloping world into which the drama unfolds -- as the virtuosic symphony weaves together the passionate musical drama.