A free Education & Community Enrichment program:
Opera In a Day:
A Guided Opera Experience
Saturday June 18
• “Meeting Peter Grimes” Pre-performance talk at 6pm
• Opera Opening Night performance at 8pm
• Meet the Artists post-performance reception
McCarter Theatre Centre
91 University Place
Princeton, NJ 08540
Pre-registration is required. Participation by invitation only.
(The pre-performance talk is free and open to the public.)
“Meeting Peter Grimes” Pre-Performance Talk:
Scott Burnham, Scheide Professor of Music History, Princeton University
For the many members of The Princeton Festival’s audience who will be meeting Peter Grimes for the first time, Dr. Scott Burnham will retrace aspects of his own maiden voyage into the world of Britten’s opera. In doing so, he will illuminate the special qualities of Peter Grimes as he hears them. These will include its sonic dimensions, its dramatic ethos, and how it addresses us as listeners, as opera lovers, and as inhabitants of the modern world. Professor Burnham will also discuss how Britten himself met Peter Grimes, who was originally a character in George Crabbe’s epic 1810 poem The Borough, and how Britten transformed Crabbe’s story into one of the most striking operas of the 20th century.
Professor Burnham has taught in the Music Department of Princeton University since 1989 and served as department chair from 2000 to 2008. In 2013, Burnham was awarded Princeton University’s Howard T. Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities. He has also been the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Humanities Center. In addition to his widely-acclaimed book Beethoven Hero and his more recent work Mozart’s Grace, which explores aspects of beauty in Mozart’s music, he has also published essays about humor in Haydn, memory in Schubert and manic drama in Schumann.
FACT SHEET. A pdf fact sheet is available by clicking on this link: 2016 Fact Sheet Opera in a Day. It can be saved to your computer for later reading.
REGISTRATION FORM. The “Opera in a Day” registration form is available here: 2016 Registration Form Opera in a Day. Please fill it out and email the completed form to [email protected] or fax to 732-305-2335.
“Opera in a Day” is presented by The Princeton Festival and The Princeton Festival Guild.
Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes
MUSIC BY BENJAMIN BRITTEN
LIBRETTO BY MONTAGUE SLATER
BASED ON THE POEM “THE BOROUGH” BY GEORGE CRABBE
SUNG IN ENGLISH WITH ENGLISH SUPERTITLES
Magnificent music, gripping drama, and believable characters: Peter Grimes tells the story of a conflicted dreamer vying against a village that rejects and persecutes him.