The “Embroidery Aria” for soprano from Act III of the opera Peter Grimes by the contemporary British composer Benjamin Britten. Peter Grimes is about a small fishing community on the East Coast of England. Peter Grimes is a fisherman, but the locals think of him as an outsider and don’t trust him. Renée Fleming is singing the role of Ellen Orford here. This aria is an perfect example of word painting (a musical technique Britten used in his compositions that reflects the literal meaning of a song’s lyrics). Like embroidery work, the winding tune you will hear Renée singing will feel like an unbroken thread.
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