The Glyndebourne Label – new release autumn 2010

Peter Grimes cover

Glyndebourne is proud to announce that the next recording to be released on its independent CD label will be Peter Grimes from the 2000 Festival, conducted by Mark Wigglesworth with Anthony Dean Griffey in the title role

The Glyndebourne Label reflects the desire to further extend Glyndebourne’s work beyond the opera house and draws upon the core values of a commitment to quality and inventiveness. Releases on The Glyndebourne Label draw on the extensive recordings in the archive, which span the years from 1960 to the present day. These recordings are often released in pairs, with one recording from the old opera house and one from the new, which opened in 1994.

The recordings were originally made for archival purposes and effectively ‘eavesdrop’ on live performances, the recorded sound derived from microphones of extremely high quality, located for the most part high above the orchestra pit. This practice has resulted in vividly realistic recordings with the sound corresponding very closely to that which the audience heard in the live environment. Recorded by the late John Barnes, with the blessing of the Christie family, this unique collection of performance recordings is now becoming available on CD for the first time.

The CDs are packaged as a hard-bound book containing a full libretto and synopsis in two languages alongside a commissioned article about the opera.

Peter Grimes Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes tells the story of Grimes, a local fisherman, who is shrouded in suspicion. An outsider in a very enclosed community, Grimes is at the mercy of the local population and their gossip, accused of the mysterious deaths of his male apprentices. An individual against the crowd, Grimes is an outcast, both socially and physically- living in his hut away from the village on top of a cliff. He is subjected to various accusations which eventually lead to his death, finally sating the wicked rumours which persist about his lifestyle. First and foremost, Peter Grimes is about being an ‘outsider’ figure, and the stresses and tensions surrounding this.

Peter Grimes was first staged at Glyndebourne in 1992, continuing Glyndebourne’s long standing tradition of presenting Britten operas. This recording, from the 2000 Festival revival of Trevor Nunn’s production, features tenor Anthony Dean Griffey in the title role, who made his Glyndebourne debut, while Vivian Tierney returned as Ellen Orford, the role she sang in the original 1992 production. Mark Wigglseworth made his Glyndebourne debut, conducting Glyndebourne’s resident orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Steven Page, who made his Glyndebourne debut in the role of Nick Shadow in the 1994 Festival production of The Rake’s Progress, sang the role of Captain Balstrode. Susan Gorton as Auntie, Linda Tuvås as Second Niece, John Graham-Hall as Bob Boles, Stafford Dean as Swallow, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke as The Rev Horace Adams and Michael Haughey as Dr Crabbe all made returns to Glyndebourne. Hilary Summers as Mrs Sedley, Michael Druiett as Hobson and Camilla Tilling as First Niece all made their Glyndebourne debuts.

"Vocally, Griffey combines the lyricism of Peter Pears with the roaring heft of Jon Vickers to give what is perhaps the finest interpretation of the role to date…"

"Mark Wigglesworth, conducting the LPO, matches Nunn’s vision turn for turn, swinging between pungent clarity and heart-stopping textural beauty to give the performance of a lifetime" - The Guardian


"The performance is memorable for the superlative playing of the London Philharmonic under Mark Wigglesworth and for the equally fine singing by the chorus." - Sunday Telegraph


"The LPO under Mark Wigglesworth were on top form… and they were matched in energy and precision by the Glyndebourne Chorus." - Opera Magazine


Glyndebourne Press Office 31.08.10

Notes to Editors:

Peter Grimes          Benjamin Britten             

Release date:  September 2010

Total playing time: 151:52

Catalogue no : GFOCD 008-00

Retail Price: £29.99 (3 CDs)


Conductor Mark Wigglesworth

Director Trevor Nunn 

Cast includes:

Peter Grimes Anthony Dean Griffey 

Ellen Orford Vivian Tierney  

Captain Balstrode Steven Page

Bob Boles John Graham-Hall

Mrs Sedley Hilary Summers                         

London Philharmonic Orchestra

The Glyndebourne Chorus

About Glyndebourne:

The internationally renowned Glyndebourne Festival was founded in 1934 by John Christie and his wife, Audrey Mildmay; their grandson Gus is now Executive Chairman with David Pickard the General Director. Carl Ebert was the first Artistic Director and Fritz Busch Music Director. Vladimir Jurowski is the current Music Director. The Festival repertoire has expanded to include operas from the baroque to the contemporary, including seven of Glyndebourne’s own commissions and 13 British premieres. The opera house itself was rebuilt in 1994 and now seats 1,200. Glyndebourne on Tour was founded in 1968 taking productions to a wider audience and offering increased performance opportunities to young singers. Additionally, Glyndebourne’s Education department has an enormous commitment to new opera and community projects; it currently hosts over 230 different activities each year. With 124 opera performances annually reaching over 140,000 people, Glyndebourne’s continued employment of inspirational directors and performers, and the ongoing drive to commission new work, now goes hand-in-hand with digital innovations to reach new audiences.

Previous recordings on The Glyndebourne Label:


Previous recordings on The Glyndebourne Label:

Le nozze di Figaro Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  

  • Catalogue no. GFO CD 001-62
  • Retail Price £29.99 (3 CDs)                                        

 Betrothal in a Monastery Sergei Prokofiev 

  • Catalogue no. GFO CD 002-06
  • Retail Price £24.99 (2 CDs)                                            

Pelléas et Mélisande Claude Debussy   

  • Catalogue no. GFO CD 003 -63                                         
  • Retail Price RRP £29.99 (3 CDs)                              

Fidelio Ludwig van Beethoven 

  • Catalogue no. GFO CD 004-06
  • Retail Price £24.99 (2 CDs)                            

L’elisir d’amore Donizetti    

  • Catalogue no. GFO CD 005-62                                         
  • Retail Price: RRP £24.99 (2 CDs)                                              

Idomeneo Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • Catalogue no. GFOCD 006-64
  • Retail Price £24.99 (2 CDs)                    

Rusalka  Dvořák

  • Catalogue no. GFOCD 007-09
  • Retail Pric: £24.99 (3 CDs)

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