The Turn of the Screw

by Benjamin Britten

The Opera Theatre of Yale College's Winter Mainstage

"Regarded by many as the finest of all his stage-works, The Turn of the Screw, Britten’s final chamber opera, was written in the incredibly short period of just four months in 1954. The work is based on the novel of the same name by Henry James which Britten had known for many years: a tale of good versus evil, natural versus the supernatural, possession and exorcism, set within the domestic proprieties of the Essex country house of Bly - ingredients which would have had an obvious appeal for the composer. Above all, Britten’s favourite theme of the corruption of innocence must have attracted him more than any other.
The story also lends itself to Britten’s gifts for apt and distinctive musical characterisation, the relatively ‘pure’ and uncomplicated music for the opera’s mortals contrasting strongly with the alluring, other-worldly music associated with the ghosts.
The work is one of the most tautly constructed and tightly-knit of all Britten’s operas, the musical material almost wholly derived from the twelve-note ‘Screw’ theme heard near the work’s opening. However, this very concentration helps give this work its overwhelming feeling of intense claustrophobia and its astonishing dramatic power can have a shattering impact in the theatre."
-The Britten-Pears Foundation (
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February 4 at 8:00pm
February 5 at 8:00pm
@ Morse-Stiles Crescent
Show no longer running
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MilesMarcelle Friedman
QuintSteven Feis
Miss JesselSteffi Weinraub
The PrologueMichael Protacio
The GovernessEmily Misch
Mrs. GroseLora Chow
FloraMaeve Ricaurte
Production Staff
DirectorBenji Goldsmith
ProducerPaul Holmes
Stage ManagerBrandon Hayse
Lighting DesignerMaria Altyeva
Set DesignerAvery Faller
Costume DesignerBenji Goldsmith
Graphic DesignerMax Pommier
Props MasterBrandon Hayse
House ManagerCatherine Leech
Musical DirectorMichael Sansoni
Assistant ProducerJustine Kolata
Assistant Musical DirectorJohn Karpinski
Assistant Musical DirectorBaldwin Giang
Assistant Musical DirectorAlex Ratner
Assistant Musical DirectorBenji Goldsmith
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