STL Symphony Performance on Britten’s 100th Birthday Garners Local, National Acclaim

(ST. LOUIS) The St. Louis Symphony’s Carnegie Hall performance of Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes on November 22, the late composer’s 100th birthday, continues to receive accolades.  In Sunday’s New York Times, Anthony Tommasini included the performance in his Top Ten list of classical music concerts in 2013, calling it “a lucid, searing account.” 

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 performance dazzled a capacity audience and was widely praised by critics in St. Louis and across the country. 

·         The New Yorker noted: “Grimes received gala treatment at Carnegie Hall, in a concert performance by the St. Louis Symphony.”

·         The Wall Street Journal observed “…it was the orchestra's show: superbly paced by Mr. Robertson, it found both the lullaby under Grimes's broken dreams and the beefy menace of the storm.”

·         The St. Louis Post-Dispatch raved:  “…the onstage energy was palpable.”

·         And the St. Louis Beacon wrote “The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Chorus brought Peter Grimes to Carnegie Hall Friday evening in its entire dark splendor…Its magnificence struck the near-sellout audience in the hall with nothing less than the force of revelation.”