Photo: Robert Workman
Photo: Robert Workman

Giselle Allen (Ellen Orford) and David Kempster (Balstrode) appear in the Aldeburgh Festival production of Britten’s Peter Grimes.  In Britten’s anniversary year, this is the first staged production ever done at Aldeburgh.  Tim Albery’s production has sets designed by Leslie Travers, and the chorus of Opera North and the Britten-Pears Orchestra are conducted by Steuart Bedford.  Alan Oke sings the title role.

And it was Oke’s [Grimes] – and our – good fortune that his Ellen Orford (the widowed schoolmistress who is the vehicle for his dreams of escape) should be sung by Giselle Allen, a soprano with an artistry to match his own.

“…David Kempster’s resonant Balstrode”
Michael Church, The Independent

“David Kempster sang the role of Captain Balstrode strongly and nobly, with superb diction, and made a real impression”
Mike Reynolds, Musical Criticism

“Giselle Allen’s Ellen was magnificently focused and secure, her tone penetrating and authoritative.  David Kempster was a warmly human Balstrode”
Hugo Shirley, The Telegraph