Britten's 'Curlew River' in Rome,
experienced by GIUSEPPE PENNISI
The centenary of Benjamin Britten's birth has been overshadowed by Verdi and Wagner's bicentenaries in Italy as elsewhere. A few theatres anticipated the celebrations last year: for example, in May and June 2012 La Scala and Teatro dell'Opera presented excellent productions of Peter Grimes [Engrossing and Moving, 28 May 2012] and of A Midsummer Night's Dream [Quite Different, 25 June 2012]. This year two different productions of The Rape of Lucretia [Truly Powerful, 28 March 2013] have been heard and seen in Ravenna, Modena, Florence, Reggio Emilia and Trieste, Litlle Sweep is planned for the August Macerata Festival and in the Fall Peter Grimes will inaugurate the 2013-2014 Santa Cecilia Season.
Of special importance is Curlew River, one of the parables composed 'for Church performance only'...
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