Allan Clayton to Headline Opéra National de Paris’ ‘Peter Grimes’

By David Salazar

The Opéra National de Paris is set to showcase “Peter Grimes,” opening on January 26, 2023.

The opera is directed by Deborah Warner, whose production premiered at the Teatro Real de Madrid in 2021. Conductor Alexander Soddy, who worked as the music director at the Nationaltheater Mannheim between 2016-22, will make his Paris Opera debut in the pit.

Headlining the production will be Allan Clayton, who recently took on the role at the Met Opera to rave reviews. Of his performance, OperaWire noted, ‘From the get-go, his Grimes was a tortured soul, his “I swear by Almighty God” weighty and mournful; you could sense the weight of the guilt he was carrying. His body language throughout, hunched over and weary, only added to this sense of a man completely out of sorts with his life. Furthermore, his treatment of the child, brutal in the early scenes, added to the complexity—on one hand you felt empathy for his loneliness, and on the other you could relate to the Borough folk’s fear of him.’

Joining him is Maria Bengtsson, Simon Keenlyside, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Anna-Sophie Neher, Ilanah Lobel-Torres, John Graham-Hall, Clive Bayley, Rosie Aldridge, James Gilchrist, Jacques Imbrailo, and Stephen Richardson.

There will be a total of nine performances.