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The Turn of the Screw

Music and lyrics by Benjamin Britten
Dawn Harris, director
Michael Tilley, music director
with the Illinois Modern Ensemble

Based on Henry James’ novel of the same name, The Turn of the Screw is a classic ghost story that touches on contemporary issues, including the loss of innocence amidst situations of anarchy. When premiered in 1954, the work’s disturbing nature was a novelty in the opera world, and it continues to be one of the most popular and frequently performed operas in English.

The period piece set around the 1840s at a large country estate in England is one of Britten’s most musically interesting works. His use of a 12-note theme with variations connects the opera’s prologue and two acts of 16 scenes. Instrumentalists will be the School of Music’s Illinois Modern Ensemble, conducted by Stephen Taylor.

Video of the performance will be released June 1, 2021 as part of the Lyric Theatre Salon subscription.

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Event Details

Jun 1-15, 2021
$35/household, $10/student Tickets may be purchased up until June 15, 2021 with the content being available to view up until July 15, 2021. Video of the performance will be released June 1 as part of the Lyric Theatre Salon subscription. The link and password to the channel will be emailed after purchasing the subscription. You may access the channel at any time after you receive that email. Every Thursday through June 3, 2021 you will receive an email describing the newest addition to the video collection.