Libretto, after the story of Henry James, by Myfanwy Piper
Dawn Harris, director
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 Michael Tilley.
Video of the performance will be released June 1, 2021 as part of the Lyric Theatre Salon subscription.
This performance can only be viewed online. There will be no in-person, public audience.
Watch Julie and Nathan Gunn and special guests for the second on-demand episode of Show Talk as they discuss the creative process involved in the production of The Turn of the Screw.
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