Peter Grimes is an opera about being an outcast, about village justice, about fishing, and about the apprenticeship system in fishing in the early part of the twentieth system. It's about a man who may or may not have committed murder, but it's what the village believes that matters more than the true. The opera is bleak, dreary, and depressing, but the music has long stretches of amazing and engrossing harmonies. The COC chorus is massive and talented. At one point, when they're effectively becoming a mob, the sheer power of sound and numbers formed an intimidating wall along the front of the stage. There were enough that I briefly thought "There must be a hundred of them!" and pittenweemcommented immediately afterwards on how large the chorus was. In fact, I suspect it's more like a 60 person chorus. 50, bare minimum.
I was less excited about the sets. They weren't bad. I just didn't find them overly interesting. It was an abstract set, with fishing boats implied by vague shapes and poles in the background. The surfaces were all mottled in a way I often like in small-scale artwork, but wasn't used to great effect on stage. The sense of space defined by the set was generally effective, and the way it allowed the actors to make use of the stage worked. But the patterning didn't appeal so much to me.
And, given we had tickets from the 18-29 program, and that Tosca was nearly sold out (that's tomorrow), we did remarkably well on seats.