Teatro Real de Madrid Delays ‘Peter Grimes’ Opening

By Francisco Salazar

The Teatro Real de Madrid has delayed the opening of “Peter Grimes.”

In a press release, the Spanish company announced that “after the effort to present “Siegfried” and “Norma” simultaneously, the premiere of the new production of Benjamin Britten’s “Peter Grimes,” a co-production with the Royal Opera House in London, the Opéra national de Paris and the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, is coming to the Teatro Real on April 19.”

The premiere was originally set for April 8 but was delayed due to due to several factors including the delay in the artists’ arrival to the rehearsals, caused by the restrictions in mobility and the bureaucratic obstacles of Brexit (most of the artists are British). There has also been a complete readjustment of the rehearsal schedule, which could not continue in the theater’s rehearsal rooms due to the large number of participants in the opera.

Performances for the opera will take place on April 19, 22, 24, 27, and 29 and May 2, 5, 7, and 10. Due to the date changes, the company also announced that “Lessons in Love and Violence,” by George Benjamin will be postponed to a future season.

“Peter Grimes” will star tenor Allan Clayton in the title role, Maria Bengtsson, Christopher Purves, and Catherine Wyn-Rogers and will be conducted by Andrés Máspero.