This Autumn, Askonas Holt will take the Barbican’s Britten 100 Centenary production of Curlew River
on tour to the States. Britten’s Church Parable Curlew River is a ‘once heard, never forgotten’ work, exploring the themes of community, suffering and redemption through the unforgettable figure of the Madwoman and the loss of her child. The production is by multimedia director and video artist Netia Jones. It features an outstanding British cast led by Ian Bostridge
as the Madwoman, alongside Neal Davies
and Mark Stone
with Britten Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonia Voices. As a leading exponent of Benjamin Britten, Ian Bostridge was a major participant in the 2013 Britten anniversary celebrations, giving performances the composer’s works throughout Europe and in the States. His interpretation of The Madwoman in the Barbican’s original production in November 2013 was described as ranking “among the finest ever in this role and certainly one of the highlights of this year’s Britten centenary.” (Stephen Pritchard, The Observer)
Ian Bostridge and Netia Jones introduce the production in this preview film
including performance extracts.