A new production of Curlew River last week was the climax of the Barbican Centre’s Britten centenary celebrations in St. Giles Cripplegate.
The first of the Church Parables, this realisation was in a highly successful abstract, minimalist staging, with haunting projections, by the multimedia director and video artist Netia Jones, and stars Mark Stone as the Ferryman, Neal Davies as the Traveller, and Ian Bostridge taking on the role of the Madwoman for the first time.
Neal Davies is well versed in the music of Britten, having sung in Billy Budd with the LSO at the Barbican which was recorded by Virgin Classics, The Rape of Lucretia at the Edinburgh and Aldeburgh Festivals, and Curlew River in Oliver Py’s production at the Edinburgh Festival. This year alone Mark Stone’s Britten credentials include Ned Keene in London and Beijing, the Canticles at the Wigmore Hall, Gloriana at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and a new recording of War Requiem. Ian Bostridge has led Britten Residencies in Hamburg, Cologne, Vienna, New York and next month in Moscow, he has launched recordings of Britten songs and War Requiem both in partnership with Tony Pappano, he performs the great Britten cycles for tenor in Amsterdam, London, New York, Salzburg, Rome, Vienna and Brussels.
The critical response has been wonderful, please find below links to the reviews in the press: