6-22 October 2024


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage

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From € 28


An outsider in a small community

In one of the most powerful and intriguing operas of the post-war period, Benjamin Britten sketches the poignant picture of an individual who is destroyed by the hypocrisy of a small community.

An outsider in a small community

The fisherman Peter Grimes is an outsider who becomes the target of accusations and is eventually driven to a tragic end. The psychological thriller Peter Grimes (1945) explores the deeply human struggle with the elements, with ourselves and with our fellow human beings. In his inimitable fashion, Benjamin Britten uses music to draw links between human fate, the eternal force of the sea and the destructive power of false morality and intolerance.

Lorenzo Viotti and Barbora Horáková

Stage director Barbora Horáková is returning to Dutch National Opera after previously collaborating with conductor Lorenzo Viotti in the unique multidisciplinary project Missa in tempore belli by Haydn (2020). In this new production of Peter Grimes, Horáková and her team highlight the tension between the loner and the village community, with a starring role for the Chorus of Dutch National Opera.

The role of Peter Grimes will be sung by up-and-coming tenor Issachah Savage, who is making his debut with Dutch National Opera. After roles in Der Freischütz and Rusalka, soprano Johanni van Oostrum is returning as Ellen Orford. The role of the fisherman Balstrode will be performed by the striking singer and actor Leigh Melrose. Helena Rasker, a favourite with Dutch audiences, returns to Dutch National Opera to perform the role of Auntie.

Performance information

Opera in three acts

Sung in English

Libretto  Montagu Slater, after George Crabbe

Musical direction  Lorenzo Viotti
Stage director  Barbora Horáková
Set and costume design  Eva-Maria van Acker
Video design Tabea Rothfuchs
Lighting design  Sascha Zauner
Dramaturgy  Luc Joosten

Peter Grimes  Issachah Savage
Ellen Orford  Johanni van Oostrum
Captain Balstrode  Leigh Melrose
Auntie  Helena Rasker
Bob Boles  Lucas van Lierop
Swallow  James Platt
Mrs. Sedley  Claire Barnett-Jones
Rev. Horace Adams  Marcel Reijans
Ned Keene  Will Liverman
Hobson  Sam Carl

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Chorus master  Edward Ananian-Cooper

Ticket prices

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Ticket prices

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€ 28,00

€ 23,00

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Issachah Savage

Stage director Horáková and tenor Issachah Savage on Peter Grimes

Together, Barbora Horáková and Issachah Savage examine one of the most fascinating and complex characters in opera history.


Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra have been the main orchestral partners of Dutch National Opera since they were established in 1985. The two orchestras, with the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam as their main base, are regarded as among the best opera orchestras in the world. 

Photo: Melle Meivogel

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, with chief conductor Lorenzo Viotti at the helm, concentrates on the large-scale symphonic repertoire while the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra is a smaller, more intimate orchestra with 25 to 45 musicians led by concertmaster and artistic director Gordan Nikolić. Both orchestras present their own programmes and regularly work with internationally renowned guest conductors and soloists, as well as with the new generation of up-and-coming top musicians. The orchestras perform at numerous venues, bringing people together through their music and giving both classical music aficionados and new audiences a musical experience to remember. With their welcoming home base NedPhO-Koepel, located in east Amsterdam’s Indische Buurt neighbourhood, the orchestras are firmly embedded in the community. In the 2024 – 2025 season, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing the operas Rigoletto, Peter Grimes, Die Fledermaus and Die Frau ohne Schatten.