The Epicurean and Opera: The Essential “Peter Grimes”

Join co-hosts Daniel Balsam and Chris Stacey for an evening of their interpretation of the "essential" moments from the Metropolitan Opera's production of Peter Grimes. Join us for a discussion and audience participation about key passages in Benjamin Britten's masterwork. The evening will be filled with delightful musical performances, beautiful staging, and a lively set of observations on the opera's place in music history.

Reviewing the Metropolitan Opera’s 2008 staging of the opera, Andrew Ross wrote: “You come face to face with the opera’s darkest elements: not just the much analyzed psychology of Grimes, who may or may not be guilty of abusing his apprentices, but also the psychology of the crowd, which lustily passes judgment on the fisherman without having heard the evidence.” Featuring some of the most powerful and evocative music ever written, Peter Grimes is an essential modern opera or is it? That's for our audience to decide.

For those who want to watch the Met Opera's production by Tony Award-winning director John Doyle you can find it here:

Met Opera On Demand:

Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Time: 6:30 PM CST

Cost: Free

Location: Zoom Video Conference

The Evening's Epicurean Theme

To celebrate the opera’s seaside setting we suggest sushi as the evening’s culinary choice. Dan and Chris selected Juno Sushi Chicago as their takeout choice for the event. We'd love to hear from the audience about their favorite sushi restaurant and hope they can join us in getting take-out.


September 22, 2021 at 6:30pm - 9pm

Zoom Video Conference

Chicago, IL
United States

Chris Stacey

Will you come?