The Turn of the Screw


The Turn of the ScrewBenjamin Britten

July 1, 3, 5, 9, 10 (The Christine Collins Young Artists performance), 12 at 8.00pm

First performed at the Teatro La Fenice, Venice on 14 September 1954

Libretto by Myfanwy Piper, based after the story
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Opera in a prologue and two acts
Sung in English
New production, first ever by Opera Holland Park



Conductor Steuart Bedford
Director Annilese Miskimmon
Designer Leslie Travers
Lighting Designer Mark Jonathan

The Governess Ellie Laugharne
Peter Quint Brenden Gunnell
Mrs Grose Diana Montague*/Fiona Mackay (5 July only)
Miss Jessel Elin Pritchard
The Prologue Robin Tritschler
Miles Dominic Lynch
Flora Rosie Lomas

By permission of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Limited
With the City of London Sinfonia

Opera Holland Park is proud to present Britten's haunting The Turn of the Screw, one of the most dramatically successful English operas of all time. An atmosphere of dread and lost innocence pervades this ghost story of a Governess and her two young charges at Bly House. It is also the perfect blend of Britten's lyricism and dramatic narrative music, in this production, brought to life by Steuart Bedford, one of the world's foremost Britten specialists.

This production is a major artistic step for Opera Holland Park, taking us into Britten's repertoire for the first time ever. It also provides the opportunity for audiences to see the 2014 Christine Collins Young Artists.

*Due to a viral infection, Anne Mason has been advised by her doctors not to sing for three to four weeks. We therefore, along with Anne herself, agreed that her withdrawal from the role of Mrs Grose would be appropriate. Anne is clearly very disappointed but we all wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her back at OHP in the future.

We are very pleased that Diana Montague has now agreed to sing the role of Mrs Grose for five performances. Diana is a favourite at OHP, most recently in I gioielli della Madonna for which she received an audience award. Diana and Anne are great friends and we are pleased that she can step in, albeit in unfortunate circumstances. Fiona Mackay, who is part of the Christine Collins Young Artists, will sing the role of Mrs Grose on Saturday 5 July.

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