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Britten’s Peter Grimes with a libretto adapted by Montagu Slater from the Peter Grimes section of George Crabbe’s poem The Borough.

The “borough” of the opera is a fictional village which shares some similarities with Crabbe’s, and later Britten’s, own home Aldeburgh, on England’s east coast, around 1830.

Tonight’s performance was staged as part of a Suffolk festival founded by the composer in Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh. Peter Grimes is conducted by Steuart Bedford with the Britten-Pears Orchestra and Alan Oke in the title role.

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