Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), Edward Elgar, Britten: Peter Grimes

Gavin Borchert

By Gavin Borchert

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
The opera that revitalized the genre in England.

The flavor of Peter Grimes's somber orchestral interludes, richly, subtly atmospheric in the hands of conductor Sir Colin Davis, seems to pervade the entire opera in Britten's tale of a morose outsider's conflict with wary townspeople in a rural fishing village — underlining the fact that their livelihood and very lives are at the mercy of the elements. Glenn Winslade is gripping in the ambiguous, troubled title role, leading a cast that makes this grim tragedy deeply moving.