Opera

The Turn of the Screw

Britten

07 – 13 April 2021

“I am the hidden life that stirs when the candle is out. Upstairs and down, the footsteps barely heard. ”
THE TURN OF THE SCREW

It is a curious story... Summoned to a manor house in the English countryside to take care of two orphans, a governess has to cope with extraordinary phenomena: what happened to her predecessor and her lover? Where do the voices the children hear come from? What is this past that they seem never to be able to heal?

Infused with the writing of Henry James - the author of the short story that inspired it - The Turn of the Screw plunges us into a disturbing world where the concept of objective reality gradually dissolves. James's reader and Britten's spectator lead the enquiry, grasping the facts through the accounts of a mysterious narrator, a maid and children whom they are not sure they can trust and whose very existence they sometimes end up doubting. A sense of vertigo. Stage director Eva-Maria Höckmayr loves these labyrinthine works, the quicksand in which the characters struggle until they lose their footing, the slow decomposition of what we believed to be the truth.

As the twentieth century of music bids farewell to tonality, Britten keeps of the beaten track. In the aftermath of the Second World War, he formed the English Opera Group, which sought to rebuild the operatic arts with the economy of means implicit in a world in ruins. For The Turn of the Screw he composed music where harmony flirts with dissonance, just as ghosts mingle with the living on the misty shores of the Lake at Bly.

The Turn of the Screw, opera in two acts with prologue
Created
at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, September 14, 1954

New production Opéra national de Lorraine

Libretto
Myfanwy Piper, based on Henry James' short story of the same name

Music
Benjamin Britten

 

Conductor

Bas Wiegers

Lorraine National Opera Orchestra


Director

Eva-Maria Höckmayr

Dramaturgy

Mark Schachtsiek

Sets and costumes

Thilo Reuther

Assistant director

Lea Theus


Peter Quint and Narrator

Stuart Jackson

Housekeeper

Gemma Summerfield

Miles

Jeunes chanteurs du Trinity Boys Choir

Flora

Shira Patchornik

Mrs. Grose

Janis Kelly

Miss Jessel

Giselle Allen

Calendar

  • Wed. 07 April 2021
    20:00
    National Opera of Lorraine
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  • Fri. 09 April 2021
    20:00
    National Opera of Lorraine
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  • Sun. 11 April 2021
    15:00
    National Opera of Lorraine
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  • Tue. 13 April 2021
    20:00
    National Opera of Lorraine
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The performance on Sunday April 11 at 3 p.m. offers a Sunday workshop.

Duration
2h15 with interval
performed in English, with surtitles

Conference
1 hour before the start of the performance (free, on presentation of the ticket)

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