Bury Court Opera: The Turn of the Screw
by Benjamin Britten
Libretto by Myfanwy Piper
Saturday 9 March - Informal. Tickets £80 or £110 including two course dinner
Thursday 14 March - Informal. Tickets £80 or £110 including two course dinner
Saturday 16 March - Black tie. Tickets £98 or £165 including three course dinner, wine and coffee
Benjamin Britten first read Henry James’s novella The Turn of the Screw when he was 18 and thought it ‘an incredible masterpiece’. It was his friend and librettist Myfanwy Piper who suggested the novella as the subject of an opera and The Turn of the Screw was eventually premiered at the Venice Biennale on 14th September 1954 since when it has been a regular in the operatic repertoire.
A young governess, engaged by an enigmatic Guardian, is left in sole charge of two orphaned children at a remote country house with just an old housekeeper for company and instructions not to trouble the Guardian with any matter at all. Miles and Flora immediately captivate the Governess, but the ensuing events quickly reveal the ambiguity at the heart of The Turn of the Screw: the corruption of innocence.
The Turn of the Screw is directed by rising star Ella Marchment. Ella is co-founder of the Helios Collective and directed BCO’s highly successful first commission Mad King Suibhne which premiered at Bury Court in 2017; she works extensively in the UK and Europe.
Conductor Paul Wingfield with Chroma Ensemble
Director Ella Marchment
Designer Holly Pigott
Lighting Designer Ben Pickersgill
Peter Quint – Andrew Dickinson
Miss Jessel – Daisy Brown
Governess – Alison Rose
Mrs Grose – Emily Gray
Miles – Harry Hetherington
Flora - Jennifer Clark
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