Enigma Chamber Opera to Take on Britten’s ‘Curlew River’ in Boston

By David Salazar

U.K.- based Enigma Chamber Opera is heading to Boston to present Benjamin Britten’s “Curlew River” this October at the Cathedral Church of Saint Paul.

The opera is set to take place on Oct. 22 and 23 and will star Matthew DiBattista, Aaron Engebreth, David McFerrin, James Demler, and Linus Schafer Goulthrope. Cairns will direct with Edward Elwyn Jones conducting a seven-piece orchestra while playing at the organ.

The Britten work was a major source of inspiration for Enigma Chamber Opera Artistic Director Kirsten Z. Cairns as she navigated the challenges presented during the COVID-19 shutdown.

“I am excited to look at what Britten’s 20th-century take on an ancient Japanese story means in contemporary times. This piece of theater and its extraordinary music speaks directly to our current moment, and to people of all faiths,” Cairns stated in a press release. “t feels like a time when we must find a way forward, to regain our sanity….‘Curlew River’ is the parable we need right now.”

Audiences will also be able to stream the production via YouTube starting on Oct. 29, 2021.