Tenor Allan Clayton stars in Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes, beginning October 16

  • Clayton, who made his Met debut in the title role of Brett Dean’s Hamlet last season, again teams up with conductor Nicholas Carter for Britten’s 20th-century masterpiece
  •  The cast also features soprano Nicole Car as Ellen Orford and bass-baritone Adam Plachetka as Balstrode

 New York, NY (October 6, 2022)— Tenor Allan Clayton, who made his acclaimed Met debut in the title role of Brett Dean’s Hamlet last season, headlines Britten’s haunting masterpiece Peter Grimes when the work returns to the Met for eight performances October 16–November 12, 2022.

Clayton was hailed for embodying one of opera’s most demanding roles in performances of Peter Grimes last spring at the Royal Opera House in London. In a work that probes the nature of guilt and judgment, he plays an enigmatic fisherman accused in the deaths of two apprentices. Britten realistically portrays the mistrust, misunderstandings, and dark secrets that lurk within even the closest communities.

Clayton teams up once again with Maestro Nicholas Carter, who led the powerful and intricate score of Hamlet. The cast includes soprano Nicole Car, who takes on the role of the kindhearted Ellen Orford for the first time on stage, and bass-baritone Adam Plachetka as the retired captain Balstrode. Soprano Laura Wilde sings Ellen Orford on November 2.

This is the first revival of John Doyle’s chilling production, which premiered in 2008. Doyle’s setting of Peter Grimes was inspired by his hometown of Hastings, a small fishing town on the southern coast of England.

Peter Grimes Broadcasts on Radio and Online

The October 26 and November 9 performances of Peter Grimes will be broadcast live on Metropolitan Opera Radio on SiriusXM Channel 355. A performance from fall 2022 will also be broadcast over the Toll Brothers–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network on May 27, 2023.

Audio from November 9 performance will be streamed live on the Met’s website, metopera.org.

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