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Peter Grimes

1st Edition

By Sam Kinchin-Smith


75 pages

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Paperback: 9781138678668
pub: 2018-02-14
Hardback: 9781138380486
pub: 2019-06-05
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pub: 2018-01-31
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 `Who can turn skies back and begin again?' -Peter   This book contends that Peter Grimes, widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential operas of the 20th century, is also one of the British theatre's finest `lost' plays. Seeking to liberate Britten and Slater's work from the blinkered traditions of theatre and opera criticism, Sam Kinchin-Smith poses two questions: If an opera was created like a play, and can be staged as a play, is it a play? If a portion of its success and influence is the product of this newly identified theatrical engine, is it then a great play? The answers involve Wagner and W.G. Sebald, George Crabbe and Complicite, Akenfield and Twin Peaks. Challenging long-established narratives of post-war theatre history, this book makes a compelling case for why practitioners and scholars of performance ought to pay more attention to Britten and Slater's achievement - a milestone of unconventional English modernism - and perhaps to other operatic masterpieces too.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Opera
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism