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Curlew River

A Parable for Church Performance

Music by Benjamin Britten
Libretto by William Plomer

After the play Sumidagawa by Jürö Motomasa

November 14 & 15, 2014


  The New York Times says Curlew River is a "grimly powerful production" and Ian Bostridge gave a "courageously vulnerable performance."
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Video: Netia Jones talks Britten's Curlew River

Music by Benjamin Britten
Libretto by William Plomer
After the play Sumidagawa
by Jürö Motomasa

Cast to include
Madwoman: Ian Bostridge
Abbot: Jeremy White
Traveller: Neal Davies
Ferryman: Mark Stone
Organ/Music Director: Martin Fitzpatrick

Britten Sinfonia
Britten Sinfonia Voices

Soloists from the Pacific Boychoir

Director/Designer/Video/Costumes by Netia Jones
Video/Projection: Lightmap
Lighting Designer: Ian Scott

British tenor Ian Bostridge stars in a new multimedia staging of Britten's 1964 church parable Curlew River, a haunting work that explores themes of community, suffering, and redemption through the figure of a Madwoman and the loss of her child. In a co-presentation with the Barbican Centre, Cal Performances transforms Zellerbach Hall for a truly immersive experience, utilizing the creative prowess of director and video artist Netia Jones. Part noh theater and part medieval mystery play, the Barbican Centre premiere earned five stars across the board in every major London newspaper: "an involving, direct, unforgettable performance" (The Guardian, UK).

A co-production of the Barbican Centre, London; Cal Performances; Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York; and Carolina Performing Arts

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Education & Community Event: Residency
Nov 2014
Campus and community residency activities to be announced.

Education & Community Event: Artist Talk
Fri, Nov 14, 6–7 pm
Zellerbach Hall
Free to all Curlew River event ticketholders

Curlew River Director Netia Jones talks with Cal Performances' Associate Director Rob Bailis.

Major support for public programs provided by Bank of America.

Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]

Parking Alerts

Parking may be a problem on campus for Friday's performance due to a Cal Men's Basketball game. Please see our Parking Alert section for more information.

Multimedia & Interviews

Television Ad

Director Netia Jones comes to Zellerbach Hall to prep for Curlew River and shares her thoughts about the production

Purchase Tickets

Fri, Nov 14, 8 pm
Sat, Nov 15, 2 pm

Venue: Zellerbach Hall

Price: Tickets start at $30

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Wheelchair Accessible Assistive Listening Devices Available Pre-Performance Dining Available
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