(ST. LOUIS) The St. Louis Symphony’s Carnegie Hall performance of Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes last Friday evening, on what would have been the composer’s 100th birthday, dazzled a capacity audience and was widely praised by critics.

The November 22 event featured the Symphony led by Music Director David Robertson, the Symphony Chorus, under the direction of Amy Kaiser and premiere soloists, including tenor Anthony Dean Griffey as Peter Grimes and soprano Susanna Phillips as Ellen Orford.

The New York Times called the Carnegie engagement “…as involving as any production you could imagine,” and noted that “David Robertson, conducting the St. Louis Symphony and Chorus and an ideal cast of singers headed by the superb tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, led an extraordinary concert performance of Peter Grimes.” 

The entire review can be found at

The performance received an extended standing ovation from the crowd once completed.  St. Louis audiences previewed the Carnegie program at Powell Hall on November 16, where it was also enthusiastically received. 

Carnegie Hall concerts have become a highlight of the Symphony’s season, providing the chance to spotlight the city of St. Louis on a prestigious national stage. 


*Founded in 1880 and now in its 134th season, the St. Louis Symphony is the second-oldest orchestra in the country and widely considered one of the world’s finest. In September 2005, internationally acclaimed conductor David Robertson became the 12th Music Director, the second American-born conductor to hold that post in the Orchestra’s history.  The St. Louis Symphony strives for artistic excellence, fiscal responsibility and community connection while meeting its mission statement:  enriching people’s live through the power of music. The Symphony presents a full season of classical programs and Live at Powell Hall concerts, as well as hundreds of free education and community programs each year. In May 2009, the Symphony implemented an encompassing strategic plan that includes a 10-year vision focusing on artistic and institutional excellence, expanding audience and revenue growth across all key operating areas.