April 24, 2017
Saturday, June 6, 2015

Curlew River at IMPA: a Britten piece beautifully rendered

A scene from Benjamin Britten’s Curlew River at staged at the IMPA auditorium.
A scene from Benjamin Britten’s Curlew River at staged at the IMPA auditorium.
By Alfredo Cernadas
For The Herald
Private productions of independent opera performances are thriving in our midst. This year we must praise the fifth consecutive season of a young company that is turning five years old with yet another Latin American premiere, as usual since their first opening. And it’s free of charge!

After works by Martín y Soler, Haydn, Gilbert and Sullivan, Mozart, Salieri, Telemann, a turn of the 20th Century work has finally arrived, in the form of Sir Benjamin Britten’s one acter Curlew River, one of the composer’s religious plays. It is written for an all-male cast that includes a boy, sung, in this case, by a woman. All sing in more than acceptable English.

It is a beautiful, rare work, strongly influenced by Gregorian chant, which Britten wrote after his trip to Japan. He wrote it for an instrumental ensemble that includes viola, flute, horn, double bass, percussion, organ and harp, which provide fascinating, very Brittensian aural colours. The work is wonderfully played and sung by all: Pablo Pollitzer, Max Hochmuth, Alejandro Lunth, Gabriel Rabinovich, Alejandro Spies, Constaza Leone, male choir and four dancers, beautifully conducted by Camilo Santostefano, sensitively directed by Diego Ernesto Rodríguez and Germán Ivancic.

When & where

At IMPA, Querandíes 4290. On Saturday 6 and 13 at 8pm. Free admission.

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