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'Allegories are, in the realm of thought, what ruins are in the realm of things.'

-Walter Benjamin

Curlew River marked a quilting point in the development of Britten's musical style, paving the way for the 'orientalism' that was to pervade his work right up until his death. Taking his inspiration from Japanese 'gagaku' court theatre and classical 'Noh' drama, which he had encountered during his concert tour of the Far East in 1955, Curlew River emerged as a work poised for the exploration of issues surrounding identity and otherness, subjects that were especially pertinent given Britten's own sense of marginalisation in a world where his sexuality was not just abhorred, but criminalised.

Written amidst an international landscape fraught with political tensions and with the threat of destruction lingering on the brink, Curlew River unfolds as a deeply pathetic meditation on pain, loss and, however eventual, acceptance.

Presenting the opera through the lens of archetypes, Britten offers a profound commentary on the nature of the world- a world which, like myth, seems unable to escape the rituals of destruction and sacrifice. Embroiled within this narrative is the figure of the dead child- a motif that obsesses so much of Britten's work. In Curlew River, the dead child- Britten's own internal dead child- emerges as the pivot of the work's collective and personal significance. His spectral voice seems to hold a mystery- some crux of the world unknown.

Set within the 12th-century Priory Church of St Bartholomew-the-Great, Smithfield, A.T.P. are seriously excited to present this most profound piece of music.

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