29 Jan 2008
Peter Grimes: Grim, gripping and glorious
[Daily Telegraph, 29 January 2008]
Rupert Christiansen reviews Peter Grimes performed by Opera North at the Grand Theatre, Leeds
Serge Koussevitzky, the philanthropic conductor who commissioned Peter Grimes, claimed that the result of his munificence was "the greatest opera since Carmen". Well, perhaps he was biased, but a performance as enthralling as this makes his flush of proud enthusiasm understandable.