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Live Met opera broadcast

The New York Metropolitan Opera will broadcast a live performance of Benjamin Britten's opera "Peter Grimes" at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at Tinseltown, Medford Center, Biddle Road, Medford. A taped version of the broadcast will be shown at noon Sunday, March 16.

At 10 a.m. prior to the broadcast, there will be a 20-minute talk by Rogue Opera Artistic Director Willene Gunn.

This new production of "Peter Grimes" is conducted by Conductor Donald Runnicles and directed by John Doyle. Doyle won a Tony Award for his interpretation of Sondheim's "Sweeny Todd" on Broadway and was hailed by the New York Times as a "ferociously inventive director and designer."

Peter Grimes is under investigation for the possible murder of his young apprentice, yet Britten's probing exploration of the nature of guilt and judgment implicates an entire fishing village. The opera stars two Americans; soprano Patricia Racette and tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, in a haunting theatrical journey that subtly explores the nature of judgment. Griffey takes on the complex title role and Racette plays Ellen Orford, the woman who refuses to abandon him.

Anthony Dean Griffey (left) in the title role and Teddy Tahu Rhodes as Ned Keene in Britten's 'Peter Grimes.' Photo by Ken Howard - Photo by Ken Howard