Overview


Synopsis

The tragic story of Peter Grimes revolves around the tormented title character, a fisherman who finds himself shunned by the rest of his small village.  At once the protagonist and the anti-hero, Grimes is gruff and unpopular, but the character is crafted with a certain degree of ambiguity so the audience constantly questions whether he is truly a good or bad person.  His former apprentice died at sea, and although Grimes was cleared of any wrongdoing, the village still believes that he was responsible and are ever suspicious of him.  Despite being warned against doing so by the court, Grimes takes on a new apprentice, though he is constantly haunted by the guilt of the other boy’s death.  Despite the help of the town schoolmistress, Ellen, who plans to marry Grimes and try to create a better life for him, the new apprentice himself meets a tragic end.  The borough, convinced that Grimes is a murderer, condemns him.  Descending further and further into madness as the mob approaches, Grimes sails his boat out to sea to sink it, never to return.


Characters

Male

Lead

Tenor

Female

Lead

Soprano

Male

Lead

Baritone



Show Information

Libretto:
Category
Opera
Number of Acts:
3 Acts
First Produced:
1945
Genres
Drama
Time & Place
an english fishing village, 1830s
Cast Size
large
Orchestra Size
Medium
Dancing
None
Ideal For
professional, low budget, chamber opera
Casting Notes:
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, mature adult, young adult, child characters

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