Turn of the Screw
November 14, 2018
7:30 pm
New York City
Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater
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Turn of the Screw
November 14, 16, and 18


NEW YORK –– Juilliard’s Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts, under the leadership of Artistic Director Brian Zeger, opens its opera season with Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, featuring Juilliard singers and the Juilliard Orchestra, conducted by Steven Osgood and directed by John Giampietro in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater.

The Turn of the Screw was Britten’s final chamber opera and was written in just four months in 1954. “The work is based on the novel by Henry James: a tale of good versus evil, natural versus the supernatural, possession and exorcism, set within the domestic proprieties of the English country house of Bly.” (Britten-Pears Library) The opera had its world premiere at Venice’s Biennale with the English Opera Group, directed by Basil Coleman and conducted by Benjamin Britten, on September 14, 1954, at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice.

The cast, in order of vocal appearance, features Chance Jonas-O’Toole (The Prologue); Anneliese Klenetsky (The Governess); Joan Hofmeyr (Flora); Britt Hewitt (Miles); Katerina Burton (Mrs. Grose); Charles Sy (Peter Quint); and Rebecca Pedersen (Miss Jessel).

Scenic design is by Alexis Distler; costume design is by Audrey Nauman; and lighting design is by Kate Ashton.

This performance is part of Juilliard Opera, a program dedicated to the education and training of future generations of singers. Juilliard Opera is supported by the vision and generous lead funding of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture and its chairman, Dr. Haruhisa Handa.

Juilliard’s Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts was established in 2010 by the generous support of Ellen and James S. Marcus.