As an outsider and eccentric, the fisherman Peter Grimes has his place in the society of his eastern English coastal village. If only it weren't for the signs of abuse on the bodies of the apprentices Grimes takes from the orphanage. When one of them dies, Grimes is charged and acquitted: the culture of looking away works. Only when the fisherman kills the second in his desperate, destructive love for the young, even the well-meaning among his fellow citizens can no longer protect him. Britten's great drama about the guilt of the individual and the community is one of the groundbreaking operas of the 20th century.
Britten's first work of 1945 is considered the most important English music theater work since Henry Purcell and made its creator the greatest opera composer of the second half of the 20th century. It is an eternally valid parable of an individual's guilt and the responsibility of the community that surrounds him. The colorful personality of Peter Grimes has been interpreted again and again in new ways: one of the great lonely, unfathomable and inexhaustible souls of opera history.