Curlew River marked a quilting point in the development of Britten's musical style, paving the way for the 'orientalism' that was to pervade his work right up until his death. Taking his inspiration from Japanese gagaku court theatre and classical Noh drama, which he had encountered during his concert tour of the Far East in 1955, Curlew River emerged as a work poised for the exploration of issues surrounding identity and otherness. Written amidst an international landscape fraught with political tensions and with the lingering threat of destruction, Curlew River unfolds as a deeply pathetic meditation on pain, loss and eventual acceptance.

Curlew River

St Bartholomew The Great

Direction: Peter Thickett
Conductor: Freddie Waxman
Set and Costume Design: Crispin Lord

Cast:
Richard Robbins -- The Madwoman
Benjamin Bevan -- The Ferryman 
Ivo Almond -- The Traveller
Tom Herring -- The Abbott
James Bennett -- The Spirit



“A beautiful, dedicated and moving production” -- Rupert Christiansen, Opera Critic for The Telegraph