This is Leo Eaton's 1985 television production of British composer Benjamin Britten's first Church Opera CURLEW RIVER that took place in the chapel on the campus of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. It was a unique event that drew many of Britten's friends and colleagues from the UK to Texas to collaborate on the production, including Nancy Evans, Donald Mitchell and Eric Crozier. The full performance of CURLEW RIVER is preceded by a short documentary, filmed in Georgetown and in Aldeburgh, UK (site of Britten's Aldeburgh Festival) that explains the origins of CURLEW RIVER. The documentary includes interviews with Sir Peter Pears (filmed just months before his death) for whom Britten wrote the role of the Madwoman, and John Shirley-Quirk, who played the Ferryman in Britten's original production of CURLEW RIVER in 1964 at the Aldeburgh Festival. CURLEW RIVER, BRITTEN IN TEXAS was broadcast across the US on PBS in 1986.