Past Event

CAA Chicago | The Epicurean and Opera: Sushi and “Peter Grimes”

July 28, 2021
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

At an inquest into the death of William Spode, apprentice to the fisherman Peter Grimes, coroner Swallow calls various witnesses, including Grimes himself, but the verdict of death in accidental circumstances does not satisfy most of the villagers, who regard Grimes as a violent criminal. Benjamin Britten wrote about his operatic masterpiece that it was “a subject very close to my heart—the struggle of the individual against the masses. The more vicious the society, the more vicious the individual.” Reviewing the Metropolitan Opera’s 2008 staging of the opera, Andrew Ross wrote: “You come face to face with the opera’s darkest elements: not just the much analyzed psychology of Grimes, who may or may not be guilty of abusing his apprentices, but also the psychology of the crowd, which lustily passes judgment on the fisherman without having heard the evidence.” Featuring some of the most powerful and evocative music ever written, Peter Grimes is an essential modern opera.

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