Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Turn of the Screw

Britten's haunted opera The TURN OF THE SCREW is at Houston Grand Opera from Jan 29 to Feb 13, 2010

In this operatic thriller two children are pulled toward the world of the dead by the ghosts of their prior governess Miss Jessel and her lover Peter Quint. Internationally acclaimed soprano Amanda Roocroft plays the governess whose obsessive efforts to protect the children may prove more of a threat than the spirits themselves. Powerhouse mezzo-soprano Judith Forst is housekeeper Mrs. Grose, the governesss only ally. Haunting Victorian sets depict the world of the Henry James novel on which the opera is based. Directed by Neil Armfield, this is the third opera in HGOs ongoing Benjamin Britten series.

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