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Anne Shelley
Music Media Monthly, December 2013

Musically, the all-British cast is fabulous and the orchestral interludes are almost as captivating as the stage pieces. Conductor Robin Ticciati…is addictive in his expression and energy. As Ellen, Susan Gritton’s lines are bombastic and nurturing at the same time, and John Graham-Hall gives a very convincing and probably exhausting performance as a twitchy, moody Grimes. This is really a very gripping, well-sung performance and a unique presentation of Peter Grimes. Recommended. © 2013 Music Media Monthly Read complete review



Gramophone, November 2013

BRITTEN, B.: Peter Grimes (La Scala, 2012) (NTSC) OA1103D
BRITTEN, B.: Peter Grimes (La Scala, 2012) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7119D

The youthful Robin Ticciati brings transparency and detail to the score, director Richard Jones focuses on Grimes the outsider and the entire cast gives a magnificent performance. © 2013 Gramophone



David Shengold
Opera News, October 2013

John Graham-Hall…deploys his tenor musically, making words clear…Susan Gritton…elicits sympathy as Ellen Orford, singing with clean line and lovely tonal purity…Christopher Purves, resonant and committed dramatically, enlivens Balstrode. Daniel Okulitch…makes a fine, unctuous Swallow; George von Bergen’s randy apothecary registers strongly too. Ticciati conducts admirably, obtaining wonderful sonority and rhythm in the pit. This extraordinary, luminous score now belongs to the world. Opus Arte’s sonic clarity is welcome. © 2013 Opera News Read complete review



Daniel Foley
The WholeNote, September 2013

John Graham-Hall plays the demanding leading role of Grimes…The supporting cast is rock solid…with Susan Gritton as Ellen Orford and Christopher Purves as Captain Balstrode both excelling in their roles as Grimes’ only friends amongst the hostile hypocrites of the fishing village. The massive choral passages so vital to this work are commanding…

Set designer Tom Pye contributes clever articulated boxes which sway effectively from side to side in the strobe-lit storm scene. Video and sound quality are both excellent…this is a production well worth a look. © 2013 The WholeNote Read complete review



Tim Pfaff
Bay Area Reporter, August 2013

Jones’ Grimes is nothing short of revelatory. The director—with conductor Robin Ticciati leading music-making of surpassing beauty, depth, and pacing—has tapped the deep energy that drives the opera. This Grimes is tireless in invention, thrilling in execution, and pulverizing in its dramatic impact from first note to last. Jones and Ticciati expose all the levels of this amazingly heavily layered music, then reconstitute them with a kind of cinematic magic. The production is as much choreographed as directed (kudos to movement specialist Sarah Fahie), and in a quiet rebuke to old-school Britishness, it rocks out. © 2013 Bay Area Reporter Read complete review




Mike Ashman
Gramophone, July 2013

BRITTEN, B.: Peter Grimes (La Scala, 2012) (NTSC) OA1103D
BRITTEN, B.: Peter Grimes (La Scala, 2012) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7119D

…the pride and joy of Richard Jones’s production, not to be missed, is its unerring grasp of the psychology and tiered relationship of all the characters.

The handling of the so‑important chorus part as a tribal unit, often twitching and dancing in an unnaturalistic manner…is a major, original achievement for Jones and his movement director Sarah Fahie. In the pit Robin Ticciati’s conducting and musical interpretation closely back what Jones and Fahie and designer Stewart Laing are doing. Ticciati eschews the weighty, rather Germanic approach of older conductors to this score…concentrating…on rhythmic and instrumental subtleties and the sheer reason why the music is like it is.

…an outstanding Grimes of our time and the clearest evocation of the scares and terrors that lie beneath the work. © 2013 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, June 2013

There already are a number of fine videos of Britten’s Peter Grime…Now we have yet another superb production of Britten’s opera, this one from LaScala…The production is stark with appropriate sets and costumes by Stewart Laing. Director Richard Jones keeps action realistic…A major element in the success of this performance is the conducting of Robin Ticciati. Video and audio are state-of-the art—there are many effective top-view shots the audience could not have experienced. An outstanding issue, in a highly competitive field. © 2013 ClassicalCDReview.com Read complete review



Barry Forshaw
Classical CD Choice, March 2013

BRITTEN, B.: Peter Grimes (La Scala, 2012) (NTSC) OA1103D
BRITTEN, B.: Peter Grimes (La Scala, 2012) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7119D

…Britten’s groundbreaking masterpiece is here given a psychologically telling reading…This production revived the tradition of Britten’s operas on the lyric stages of Italy and the strong British cast is marshalled by the baton of Robin Ticciati in his La Scala debut. John Graham-Hall gives a superb performance as the eponymous fisherman. © 2013 Classical CD Choice Read complete review






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