Monday, 25 May 2015

Opera on a beach and then on TV (Opera for free)

Conductor Steuart Bedford. Image Paul Mitchell/ Harrison Parrott
Grimes on the Beach was shown on BBC4 last night. Filmed at the Aldeburgh festival in 2013, it includes Giselle Allen as Ellen Orford and Alan Oke as Peter Grimes.You can catch up on-demand here. Highly recommended, for Allen alone. A brave move to do this on the beach - but it pays real dividends. Conducted by Steuart Bedford. I saw this in the cinema before, and actually have the CD recording, which is definatley a fine supplement to the Britten/Pears recording.
In the film, Allen shows depth and emotion, and Oke shows his unparallelled versatility - it is hard to think of a singer or actor with greater range. Shortly after this Allen performed the part with Opera North and it was powerful and devastating - deeply upsetting.

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