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 Upcoming Performances


Peter Grimes


The drama and tragedy of Benjamin Britten’s operatic masterpiece, Peter Grimes, is brought to the Riviera this month by Monte-Carlo Opera – with internationally renowned tenor José Cura in the title role.

This haunting tale of a somewhat dark and mysterious seafarer, set on the bleak and windswept coast of East Anglia, is the work which is credited with having established Britten as the leading British composer of his generation, and – according to the Britten-Pears Foundation – the work which “almost single-handedly revived English opera” when it premiered at Sadlers Wells in London in June 1945. It was commissioned by the Koussevitzky Music Foundation and “dedicated to the memory of Natalie Koussevitzky”, wife of the Russian-born American conductor Serge Koussevitzky.

Inspired by a narrative poem, The Borough, by Suffolk poet George Crabbe, the opera has a libretto adapted by the English poet, novelist and playwright Montagu Slater, and tells the of the uneasy relationship between Peter Grimes and the villagers of the town where he lives – the ‘Borough’ of Crabbe’s poem. Although the Borough is a fictional place, it shares many similarities with Britten’s hometown of Aldeburgh.) Following the death of Grimes’ apprentice during a storm at sea, the fisherman is presumed by the local community to have been responsible, and although Grimes is cleared at the coroner’s inquest, he is no longer considered trustworthy, and when his new apprentice is found dead at the foot of the cliffs, Grimes’ life falls apart and he heads for a tragic breakdown.

Both Britten and his partner, the tenor Peter Pears, were deeply involved in drafting the story of the opera, and keen for Grimes to be portrayed less as the villain that Crabbe had described, and more as a victim of both fate and society. Ultimately, though, audiences are left to draw their own conclusions about Grimes, about what really happened, and the judgment of the other leading characters in the opera.


Click on the photo above to watch the Peter Grimes Trailer from the Bonn Production, 2017


José Cura – a much sought-after tenor, and regarded as one of the greatest exponents of the Italian and French traditional repertoire – is famed for more than his operatic performances, which include those of Verdi’s Otello, Sansón in Saint-Saëns’ Sanson et Dalila, Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca, and more recently, appearances in Wagner’s Tannhäuser and Peter Grimes. He is also a trained composer and conductor, an opera director and a stage designer, and in fact has to his credit the design and costumes in this Monte-Carlo Opera production.

As a conductor, José Cura has appeared with orchestras such as the London Philharmonia, the London Symphony, the Vienna Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, the Toscanini Orchestra, and the Hungarian Philharmonic. His stage design and direction for productions such as Sanson et Dalila, La Rondine, Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci have been highly praised by both critics and audiences, and his eminence as a director of distinction has been confirmed by his staging of Otello at Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, a new production of Puccini’s La Bohème for the Royal Swedish Opera, his Turandot at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie, and Peter Grimes at the Bonn Opera House.

The role of the schoolteacher, Ellen Orford – whom Grimes had hoped to marry – is sung by Danish soprano Ann Petersen, described by Des Opernglas as “a true discovery”, and whose performance as Elisabeth in Wagner’s Tannhäuser – with Daniel Barenboim at the Staatsoper Berlin – as “superlative” by the Sunday Express. An ensemble member of the Royal Danish Opera, Ms Petersen has also appeared on the stages of the Vienna State Opera, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Milan’s Teatro all Scala and Opéra National de Paris.

Balstrode – one of Grimes’ few supporters – is sung by Egyptian-born baritone Peter Sidhom, – a role which he has sung at the Opéra Bastille and the Grand Théâtre de Genève. His “wonderfully dark Scarpia adds a riveting stage presence to his resonant voice” wrote Anthony Holden in the Observer, following a performance of Puccini’s Tosca at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

This Monte-Carlo Opera performance is led by British conductor Jan Latham-Koenig, Chief Conductor and Head of the Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre of Moscow, where recent performances include Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde and Richard Strauss’ Salome.

Maestro Latham-Koening leads the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Monte-Carlo Opera and Chorus (director Stefano Visconti), in a new production of Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes – a co-production with Opera Berlin [sic / with Opera Bonn] – at the Salle Garnier from February 20th to 28th.






Note:  This is a machine-based translation.  We offer it only a a general guide but it should not be considered definitive.




José Cura's musical world at Müpa


February 01, 2018 Thursday

On March 29, José Cura will be the guest of MÜPA, where we will be able to immerse ourselves in the musical world of Argentine tenor.   "Besides being one of the world’s greatest tenors, José Cura is a polymath, a Leonardo da Vinci of our time,” read the tenor's website.  And indeed: the Argentine singer is increasingly indulging his other passions, to conducting and composing.

Three of his most significant oratorical works will be heard in the concert.  Cura will conduct Modus and Magnificat himself, and in Ecce Homo he will sing Christ's role.  Celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the establishment of the Salva Vita Foundation, Cura will be on stage with the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Choir and Children Choir, four excellent singer soloists, Zita Váradi, Krisztina Simon, István Horváth and Marcellel Bakonyi, and Mario De Rosé .

Ecce Homo was written by Cura in 1989 after attending a Matthew-Passover performance as a member of the choir.  "The experience was overwhelming, and this was repeated when I conducted the work myself.  I decided to write something on a biblical theme, not an opera but something that is even more dramatic and about the man of today.  I ultimately went to the story of two thousand years ago in which Christ was declared a criminal. "

"I was twenty-five when the Pope announced the year of Mary.  My wife was expecting our third child.  I remembered that Mary was still a teenager when Jesus was born, surely this whole story was shocking." The Magnificat begins with Mary sitting alone in the desert.  Cura's message can be summarized as follows: as long as you are alone, you cannot do anything.  In order to accomplish something, you must work together.







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Calendar 2018









Concert:  New Year




20, 23, 25, 28

Peter Grimes

Oper de Montecarlo

Monte Carlo


15, 17


Royal Opera House Muscat



21, 22

Concert: Debussy / Ravel

Smetana Hall Municipal House




Concert:  Cura Compositions

 Béla Bartók National Concert Hall




Carmen in Concert

 St Petersburg



Recital:  Argentinean Songs




 13, 14

Concert:  Aregntinean Songs/ Karlowicz 7th Symphony

Smetana Hall Municipal House



28, 29

Nabucco / Set Design / Stage Director

Prague National Theater




Concert:  Singer / Conductor (Open Air)






Music Pavillion



7, 12, 16, 19, 22, 28, 30

Cav / Pag -- José Cura Production (Liège)

War Memorial Opera House

San Francisco


21, 23

Fanciulla del west / Set Design, Stage Direction, Conductor

Tallinn Opera House




Concert:  Argentinean Songs / Dvorak 9th Symphony





Recital:  Argentinean Songs











Find Cura on Wikipedia!


Want to know more about José Cura?  Check out his Wikipedia page (click on the photo and find out such neat things as.....

  • Full name:  José Luis Victor Cura Gómez
  • First starring role:  Bibalo's Signorina Julia, Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi, Trieste, Italy, 1993
  • First performance in US:  Giordano's Fedora, Chicago Lyric, USA, 1994



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