St. Louis Symphony marks Britten’s 100th with ‘Peter Grimes’ at Carnegie Hall

Posted on: November 25, 2013

“The music world’s yearlong centennial celebration of Benjamin Britten reached its climax Friday night, on what would have been the composer’s 100th birthday,” writes Sarah Bryan Miller in Friday’s (11/22) St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri). “At Carnegie Hall, the center of American observances, the spotlight was on David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, performing Britten’s masterpiece, ‘Peter Grimes’ [with soloists and the St. Louis Symphony Chorus].” The cast included Anthony Dean Griffey, Susanna Phillips, Alan Held, and Meredith Arwady. “It’s an especially tricky score to do in concert; there’s a lot of interaction in the opera between the soloists and chorus, but here the orchestra is on stage, putting a physical barrier between the two….  On Friday night, the onstage energy was palpable. The chorus engaged as instructed; the soloists and orchestra outdid themselves. When it was over, there was an explosive reaction from the audience and cries of ‘Bravo!’ … Said principal viola Beth Guterman Chu, … ‘I felt just how united 200 people working together onstage can be.’ ”

Posted November 25, 2013