Lessons lie in tragedy of ‘Peter Grimes’

Tim Smith [Baltimore Sun, 26 March 2009]

Many an uncomfortable lesson about human nature lies within Benjamin Britten’s 1945 operatic masterpiece, Peter Grimes, a tale of small-mindedness, conclusion-jumping and rapid swells of populist outrage in a seaside village. Those multilayered messages seem even more relevant than usual in the Washington National Opera’s striking production at the Kennedy Center.