St. Louis Symphony Presents: PETER GRIMES, 11/16

St. Louis Symphony Presents: PETER GRIMES, 11/16

The St. Louis Symphony will mark the centennial of Benjamin Britten's birth with two concert performances of the composer's haunting opera Peter Grimes: first at Powell Hall on November 16, then at Carnegie Hall on November 22, the date of the late composer's 100th birthday.

The November 16 St. Louis performance will be broadcast live as part of the Symphony's partnership with St. Louis Public Radio 90.7 - KWMU. It will also stream on-line live at

The orchestra, under the baton of St. Louis Symphony Music Director David Robertson, will perform with a cast that includes tenor Anthony Dean Griffey as Peter Grimes, acknowledged as the premiere interpreter of the role today, soprano Susanna Phillips as Ellen Orford, and the complete St. Louis Symphony Chorus. Both performances will feature light staging to further accentuate the work's tone and mood. The Britten centennial celebration will also incorporate the composer's works during a St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra concert and Family Concert during the 2013-2014 season.

"Britten's Peter Grimes is an amazing masterpiece, and truly a once-in-a-lifetime kind of event for St. Louis," said St. Louis Symphony Music Director David Robertson. "The story of the opera centers on a community. Although Britten exposes the darker aspects of that term, this particular presentation of the opera rallies the St. Louis Symphony community--the orchestra, the chorus, the staff and board--to make this ambitious undertaking possible."

Tickets for the November 16 performance at Powell Hall may be purchased by calling 314-534-1700 or on-line Tickets for the November 22 Carnegie Hall performance may be purchased by calling 212-247-7800 or

The St. Louis Symphony's Peter Grimes performances are supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, with additional support from the Britten-Pears Foundation.