Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Before the 20th Century, there were operas that made you laugh and operas that made you cry. And a couple that made you do both. But just as life in the modern age got more complicated, so did the art. Britten’s Turn of the Screw tells a murky story of two children and their hired caretaker, in a twisted ghost story, fit for the postmodern age.

The caretaker slowly learns that the manor where they reside housed awful abuses of the children. The malicious souls that committed the perpetrations have passed on, but now they linger on as spirits, still clamoring for the souls of the children. The caretaker grows increasing agitated watching the children under the spells of these ghosts. She wonders how she could have been thrust upon such a horrible situation… unless it has been all in her head?

Soprano Patricia Racette sings the troubled Governess, while the a ghostly antagonist is portrayed by tenor William Burden.  Mezzo-soprano Ann Murray sings as the housekeeper.

CAST:

Governess - Patricia Racette
Prologue/Peter Quint - William Burden
Miles - Michael Kepler Meo
Flora - Ashley Emerson
Mrs. Grose - Ann Murray
Miss Jessel - Tamara Wilson

CONDUCTOR: James Conlon
STAGE DIRECTOR: Francesca Gilpin
LA OPERA ORCHESTRA

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