Time: July 14, 2012 from 5pm to 7pm
Location: Instituto Cervantes
Street: A1 Gongti NanLu, Chaoyang
Website or Map: http://pekin.cervantes.es
Phone: 10 58 799 666
Event Type: music
Organized By: Instituto Cervantes
Latest Activity: Jul 4, 2012
Free to attend
Instituto Cervantes Pekín hosts an opera summer season with screenings of the most representative productions by Gran Teatre del Liceu de Barcelona, one of the most emblematic opera theatres of the world.
Peter Grimes is an opera by Benjamin Britten, 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.
An English fishing village. During a coroner’s inquest at the town hall, the lawyer Swallow questions the fisherman Peter Grimes about the death of his apprentice during a storm at sea. Though the room is crowded with villagers hostile to Grimes, Swallow accepts the man’s explanation of the event and rules that the boy died accidentally. He warns Grimes not to take on another apprentice unless he lives with a woman who can care for the boy. When the hall empties, Ellen Orford, the schoolmistress, asks Grimes to have courage and promises to help him find a better life.