A chilling ghost story, saturated with menace. Benjamin Britten’s haunting operatic version of Henry James’s famous novella The Turn of the Screw.
A young governess arrives at a remote country house to care for two children with only written instructions from their guardian, who advises not to disturb him. Before long a tapestry is woven of obsession, sexual awakening and the destruction of childhood. A narrative just ambivalent enough for us to project upon it our own fears.
Governess - Anna Leese
Prologue/Peter Quint - Jared Holt
Miss Jessel - Madeleine Pierard
Mrs Grose - Patricia Wright
Conductor - Holly Mathieson
Director - Thomas de Mallet Burgess
Set and Costume Designer - Tracy Grant Lord
Lighting Designer - Matthew Marshall
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
The Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten.
Libretto by Myfanwy Piper, after a story by Henry James.
Published by Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd.
A New Zealand Opera production.