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Australian Premiere, Exclusive to Brisbane

After much anticipation, we’re thrilled to share with you Opera Queensland’s Brisbane Festival production of 2018 – Benjamin Britten’s extraordinary opera, Peter Grimes. This partnership with Brisbane Festival, Philip Bacon AM, Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Queensland Symphony Orchestra promises a truly monumental, life-defining musical event.

Singing the role of Peter Grimes is the internationally acclaimed heldentenor Stuart Skelton, with staging by UK director Daniel Slater. Under the baton of Scottish icon, Rory Macdonald, over 60 singers including our own Opera Queensland Chorus will join forces with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra to elevate the opera to realms rarely reached in the staging of this 20th Century masterpiece. Peter Grimes is the defining British opera of the 20th century and features some of Britten’s most evocative music, including the Four Sea Interludes. Painting a vivid picture of a pious, judgmental society convulsed by mob rule, it is an opera that speaks clearly to our times. It is an opera guaranteed to get the blood rushing.

Australian Stuart Skelton is one of the most thrilling heldentenors of our time and the International Opera Awards Male Singer of the Year in 2014. He has appeared in the world’s celebrated opera houses, including the English National Opera in London, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and in Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Hamburg, and San Francisco. Stuart is making his Covent Garden debut this year.

Joining Stuart for this once-in-a-lifetime concert are British singers soprano Sally Matthews as Ellen Orford and baritone Mark Stone as Captain Balstrode, as well as fellow Australians Michael Honeyman, Jacqueline Dark, Natalie Christie Peluso, Gregory Massingham, Bradley Daley, Katie Stenzel, Hayley Sugars, Andrew Collis, and Jud Arthur. In the hands of multi award-winning designers Bill Haycock (set and costume) and David Walters (lighting) this sensational new production will be a feast for the senses.


“Skelton’s tenor is astonishing.”

Opera News

“The best Peter Grimes I’ve ever seen…I don’t know when I have ever felt more horrified, more shaken by a performance”

The spectator, UK

“The best around today…Every facet is exceptional”

Andrew Clements, The Guardian

These performances of Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten with libretto by Montagu Slater, derived from a poem by George Crabbe are given by permission of Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, exclusive agents for Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd of London.


Conductor Rory Macdonald
Director Daniel Slater
Set & Costume Designer Bill Haycock
Lighting Designer David Walters
Assistant Director Tarita Botsman


Peter Grimes Stuart Skelton
Ellen Orford Sally Matthews
Captain Balstrode Mark Stone
Auntie Hayley Sugars
Niece 1 Katie Stenzel
Niece 2 Natalie Christie Peluso
Swallow Andrew Collis
Mrs (Nabob) Sedley Jacqueline Dark
Ned Keene Michael Honeyman
Bob Boles Bradley Daley
Rev Horace Adams Gregory Massingham
Hobson Jud Arthur

 Dates and times

Thursday 20 September, 7.30pm – ON SALE
Saturday 22 September, 7.30pm – ON SALE

Duration : 180 minutes including a 20 minute interval


Concert Hall, QPAC


Adult from $179

Adult from $129
Concession from $124
Groups of 6+ $114

Adult from $109
Concession from $104

*$7.20 – $8.20 transaction fee applies.


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