Past event: Britten Church Parables Tour

Britten Curlew River
Britten The Prodigal Son
Britten The Burning Fiery Furnace

James Gilchrist tenor
Rodney Earl Clarke bass
Samuel Evans bass
Lukas Jakobski bass
John McMunn tenor
Frederic Wake-Walker director
Roger Vignoles musical director
Principal Players of Aurora Orchestra

2013 marks the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth. In June and July, Aurora principal players join forces with Mahogany Opera for one of the highlights of the Britten 100 celebrations. Mahogany’s new production of the complete cycle of his ‘Church Parables’ – Curlew River, The Burning Fiery Furnace and The Prodigal Son – tours not only to venues in England but also to St Petersburg for the first-ever performances of the work in Russia.

Based on the Japanese Noh play Sumidagawa,Britten’s Curlew River reimagines the haunting story of a mother’s search for her lost son as an English medieval mystery play. Frederic Wake-Walker’s production takes this principal – merging East with West – as the starting point for this staging of all three parables. For Curlew River, Japanese Noh is mixed with Medieval Western iconography; The Burning Fiery Furnace brings together Balinese dance drama with stained glass; whilst for The Prodigal Son Middle Eastern Sufism is juxtaposed with the work of Rembrandt and Bosch.

An outstanding cast including James Gilchrist is directed from the keyboard by Roger Vignoles.

Part of the Aldeburgh, City of London and Buxton Festivals

Performances: 

4 June 2013, 7.30pm, Hermitage Theatre
5 June 2013, 7.30pm, Church of St Catherine, St Petersburg
6 June 2013, 7.30pm, Church of St Catherine, St Petersburg
7 June 2013, 7.30pm, Church of St Catherine, St Petersburg
8 June 2013, 7.30pm, Church of St Catherine, St Petersburg
16 June 2013, 9.30pm, Orford Church, Aldeburgh
17 June 2013, 7pm, Orford Church, Aldeburgh
18 June 2013, 9.30pm, Orford Church, Aldeburgh
19 June 2013, 7pm, Orford Church, Aldeburgh
20 June 2013, 9.30pm, Orford Church, Aldeburgh
21 June 2013, 7pm, Orford Church, Aldeburgh
3 July 2013, 7pm, Southwark Cathedral
4 July 2013, 7pm, Southwark Cathedral
5 July 2013, 7pm, Southwark Cathedral
6 July 2013, 7pm, Southwark Cathedral
14 July 2013, 9pm, St John the Baptist Church, Buxton
15 July 2013, 7pm, St John the Baptist Church, Buxton