Curlew River, Benjamin Britten
Lincoln Center White Light Festival, Calperformances/Carolina Performing Arts
Direction/Design/Costume/Video Netia Jones
Music Director Martin Fitzpatrick
This Curlew River is wonderful for the performances, of course, but fundamentally it is memorable and powerful due to Jones' sympathy to the score and the concept. Along with directing, she designed the set, costumes and video. She sees inside the pure core of the piece, and has brought out something marvellous."
New York Classical Review
"Netia Jones’s absorbing staging and design skilfully melded the ritual Japanese and Christian underpinnings of the piece with its intense human emotion."
Wall Street Journal
"In her production, Ms. Jones dispenses with masks and includes atmospheric, simple video images, which she designed, along with the costumes. As performed by Mr. Bostridge in this grimly powerful production, the woman’s peace of mind comes because finally she knows what has happened to him."
New York Times
"Jones performed her own miracles, designing the scenery, costumes and projections as well as the overall direction of the piece...In short, it was a performance quite unlike any other in recent memory."
"Curlew River invokes both Japanese Noh drama and medieval Christian religious rites. But director/designer Netia Jones’s brilliant staging showed that it is, above all, an opera...it crackled with theatrical life."
Metropolitan Opera Guild