This talk is for members of The Princeton Festival’s audience who will be meeting Peter Grimes for the first time. Scott Burnham, Scheide Professor of Music History, Princeton University will retrace aspects of his own maiden voyage into the world of Britten’s opera. In doing so, he will illuminate the special qualities of Peter Grimes as he hears them. These will include its sonic dimensions, its dramatic ethos, and how it addresses us as listeners, as opera lovers, and as inhabitants of the modern world. Professor Burnham will also discuss how Britten himself met Peter Grimes, who was originally a character in George Crabbe’s epic 1810 poem The Borough, and how Britten transformed Crabbe’s story into one of the most striking operas of the 20th century.