A ghost story. Revealed. Turn by turn.
Benjamin Britten’s haunting operatic version of Henry James’s famous novella The Turn of the Screw is a chilling ghost story, saturated with menace. The story follows a young governess, performed by internationally acclaimed Kiwi soprano Anna Leese, as she arrives at a remote country house to care for two children, with only written instructions from an absent guardian who advises that he is not to be contacted. Things only get stranger.
What is real and what are the imagining of a troubled mind? The novel doesn’t make it clear, and Britten and librettist Piper leave it equally ambiguous in the opera. This is 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.
Contains adult themes, recommended for 15 years and older.