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The most significant British opera of the 20th century, Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes is a staple of the opera repertoire. Here are glimpses of some of the finest productions.
Benjamin Britten's partner Peter Pears played Peter Grimes at the opera's world premiere in London on 7 June 1945. It was four years earlier in the U.S.A. that Britten and Pears first read 'The Borough' by the poet George Crabbe. Britten strongly identified with the tragic story of the Suffolk fisherman and later said, ‘In a flash I realised two things: that I must write an opera, and where I belonged.’ Photo: © ENO/Angus McBean
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