Peter Grimes

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January 1970

Program and cast

Oper in one prologue and three acts (1945)

Music by Benjamin Britten

Libretto by Montagu Slater based on the story The Borough (1810) by George Crabbe

In English with German surtitles

Revival of Theater an der Wien production 2015

Premiere: Saturday, 16 October 2021, 7 pm

Performances: 18 | 20 | 23 | 25 October 2021| 7 pm

Introduction matinée: 10 October 2021, 11 am


Conductor: Thomas Guggeis

Director: Christof Loy

Stage design: Johannes Leiacker

Costume design: Judith Weihrauch

Choreography: Thomas Wilhelm

Light design: Bernd Purkrabek

Peter Grimes: Eric Cutler

John, his assistant: Gieorgij Puchalski

Ellen Orford, the teacher: Agneta Eichenholz

Balstrode, a former captain: Andrew Foster-Williams

Auntie, the pub landlady: Hanna Schwarz

Her two nieces: Miriam Kutrowatz, Valentina Petraeva

Bob Boles, a Methodist: Rupert Charlesworth

Swallow, a lawyer: Thomas Faulkner

Mrs Sedley, a widow: Rosalind Plowright

Reverend Horace Adams: Erik Årman

Ned Keene, the apothecary: Edwin Crossley-Mercer

Hobson, the carter: Lukas Jakobski

Orchestra: ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna

Choir: Arnold Schoenberg Choir (cond. Erwin Ortner)

Theater an der Wien

About the Theater an der Wien

The New Opera House is not just any theatre, but the one that Emanuel Schikaneder, the all-round genius, actor, impresario with a flair for organization but above all librettist of The Magic Flute, had built in 1801 in Vienna in keeping with the spirit of Mozart.

To coincide with the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth the Theater an der Wien presents itself as a new opera house from January 2006. As a “season” opera house with productions all the year round the Theater an der Wien carves a new and independent niche in the realm of high-quality culture in Vienna. For twelve months of the year, with one premiere every month, opera will be performed under the “stagione”, or season, system: that means the cast remains unchanged from the first performance to the last one, which guarantees that the very highest international standards are maintained.

The theatre’s modern, accessible approach to music theatre as demonstrated by the works performed, the overall artistic concept Bespielung and the artistes is further underlined by the building itself, its architecture and the vibrancy of its location. The surroundings and materials, the intimate atmosphere and perfect acoustics in the historical theatre prepare the senses to experience beauty. The Theater an der Wien deliberately enters into a symbiotic relationship with its lively surroundings on the Naschmarkt street market and the young cultural scene centred in the Schleifmühl quarter.

How to get there

With public transport:

We can be reached by public transport: 

U1, U2 und U4 Station Karlsplatz, Exit Secession
Bus 59A Station Bärenmühldurchgang
Bus 57A Station Laimgrubengasse, pedestrians via Laimgrubengasse to Linke Wienzeile

Fleischmarkt 24, 1010 Wien

We can be reached by public transport:
U1, U4: Station Schwedenplatz
Tram Linie D (bei Ablenukung über Kai), 1, 2: Station Schwedenplatz
Bus 3A (on workdays)

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