CURLEW RIVER: Benjamin Britten chamber opera
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Time: 8:00 PM
4/27/2013 8:00:00 PM4/27/2013 8:00:00 PMAmerica/Los_AngelesCURLEW RIVER: Benjamin Britten chamber opera At First Pres Santa Monica1220 Second Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401Website: http://jacarandamusic.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=470177FalseMM/DD/YYYY
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A piece by Britten inspired by the Japanese Noh play Sumidagawa.
Britten and Pears traveled in 1956 to Japan, where they experienced one of the greatest examples of Noh theater, Sumidagawa, in which a traditional all-male ensemble told the story of a distraught noblewoman driven mad by the kidnapping of her son. In 1964, Britten translated the story to the medieval church tradition of mystery plays and created a chamber opera (without conductor) of uncanny beauty and emotional power, written for Pears, Curlew River.
Michele Spears, staging
Madwoman, Steven Tharp, tenor
Ferryman, Dean Elzinga, bass baritone
Traveler, Abdiel Gonzalez, baritone
Abbott, Reid Bruton, bass
Boy, Drew Pickett, soprano
Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles
Mark Alan Hilt, organist & conductor