Watch: Curlew River with Ian Bostridge

ian bostridge looking out into the distance
8 Jul 2020

Be captivated by Benjamin Britten's striking church parable Curlew River. 

Inspired by Japanese Noh play Sumida River and set in medieval East Anglia, East meets West in a fascinating fusion of Buddhist world views and Christian redemption beliefs.


This archive recording was made in St Giles’ Cripplegate, London in November 2013. Britten Sinfonia accompany a cast led by tenor Ian Bostridge, who gives a career-defining performance as the Madwoman searching for her missing child. And director Netia Jones builds a world contrasting darkness and light, black and white, and grief and enlightenment through her abstract staging and haunting projections.

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