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Peter Grimes 1994Scottish Opera

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This new production was distinguished by the beautifully sung first performances by Anthony Rolfe Johnson in the title role - sweet-toned but with plenty of power when it was needed. It was a rare occasion when Joachim Herz worked in Scotland. He had previously enjoyed notable successes directing at ENO (Salome, Fidelio, Parsifal) and in Wales (Madama Butterfly, La forza del destino), but the Ariadne brought from Dresden to Edinburgh had been disappointing.

The stage-filling Suffolk village set now undoubtedly looked impressive, although the atmosphere was perhaps slightly sterile, emphasised by Richard Armstrong's fierce account of the score. Other notable performances included David Gwynne's grizzled Hobson, Russell Smythe's unusually youthful Balstrode and Anthony Roden as a particularly unhinged and nasty Boles.

Performance Cast

Hobson carrier, constable of The Borough

David Gwynne

Swallow lawyer, Mayor of The Borough

Paul Napier-Burrows

Peter Grimes a fisherman

Anthony Rolfe Johnson

Mrs 'Nabob' Sedley widow of an East India Company factor

Catherine Wyn-Rogers

Ellen Orford widow and schoolmistress

Rita Cullis

Captain Balstrode a retired sea officer

Russell Smythe

Bob Boles fisherman and Methodist

Anthony Roden

Rev Horace Adams the Rector

Alasdair Elliott

Auntie landlady of 'The Boar'

Patricia Boylan

First 'Niece'

Anne Dawson

Second 'Niece'

Ann Archibald

Ned Keene apothecary and quack

Richard Halton

Dr Crabbe

Joe Alves

John the new apprentice

Andrew Johnston 2

Performance DatesPeter Grimes 1994

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

12 Apr, 19.15 23 Apr, 19.15 10 May, 19.15 14 May, 14.15 19 May, 19.15

Theatre Royal, Newcastle | Newcastle-upon-Tyne

16 Jun, 19.15

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