Breaking: Munich delays Peter Grimes

Breaking: Munich delays Peter Grimes


norman lebrecht

February 17, 2022

The Bavarian State Opera has cancelled the first two performannce of a new production that was intended to challenge Vienna’s recent ownership of a British opera.

The reason, boringly, is Covid ‘and the resulting staff shortages in the technical and artistic departments’ but the disappointment will be great. The production is by Stefan Herheim, the conductor is the experience Edward Gardner.

The three main singers are Stuart Skelton (pictured) as Grimes, with Rachel Willis-Sorensen as Ellen and Iain Paterson as Balstrode.

Skelton can be expected to offer a much grittier alternative to Jonas Kaufmann’s Vienna potrayal.

The first performance will now take place on March 6, broadcast live on the Staatsoper website.


  • RW2013 says:

    “Vienna’s…ownership” of “a” British opera?

  • Not impressed with that tenor says:

    By grittier you mean he’s gonna crack his way through the role?

  • Caecilius says:

    ‘Grittier’ in the sense that he cannot sing without cracking all over the range? No negotiation of the passaggio and an embarrassing top. His last few performances prove it is over.

    • Helen says:

      Sad to say, I am worried about Mr Skelton. I thought he sounded really awful when he sang at the last night of the proms in London in Sept. He sang Wagner I the first half and it was a difficult listen. He was all over the place. Embarrassing for him.

  • Bloom says:

    Edward Gardner s Chandos “Peter Grimes” recording features the late Erin Wall as a very good Ellen.

  • Live stream of the new production PETER GRIMES
    On March 6, 2022, we will broadcast Benjamin Britten’s PETER GRIMES live and free of charge at
    The new production will be staged by Stefan Herheim, with Edward Gardner as musical director.
    The live stream starts at 6 p.m. and is expected to be available as video-on-demand for 30 days starting in mid-March!
    More information about PETER GRIMES can be found on our website:…/peter…/2022-03-06-1800-12801
    The production will also be broadcasted from
    6 p.m. – 10 p.m. on BR Klassik.
    More information can be found here:…/ausstrahlung-2749676.html