The Turn of the Screw
The Turn of the Screw
Benjamin Britten

Sat, July 20, 8:00 p.m.
Fri, July 26, 8:00 p.m.
Sun, July 28, 3:00 p.m.

The Show

The Turn of the Screw

music by Benjamin Britten, libretto by Myfanwy Piper, based on a story by Henry James

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Benjamin Britten’s birth, we present Britten’s final chamber opera. The Turn of the Screw is 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. Laura Bohn sings the role of the Governess faced with vision after ghostly vision.

Production Sponsors: Kenneth and Kathryn Weeman.

This production is supported in part by grants from the Bernard Osher Foundation, the Fleishhacker Foundation, and the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.

Media Sponsor:

Read about The Turn of the Screw at Wikipedia.

Read a short biography of Benjamin Britten, one of the most influential opera composers of the 20th Century.

Read Stage Director Mark Streshinsky's tribute to his mentors John Copley and Colin Graham, who both worked with Benjamin Britten.

Read a fascinating essay by Hubert Teyssandier entitled "Voices of the Unseen: Benjamin Britten’s Reading of The Turn of the Screw".

• Sung in English with English supertitles
• Pre-performance lecture in the library beginning 45 mins prior to curtain

Turn of the Screw events

FREE Preview at the Berkeley Public Library
Thursday, July 11, 12:15 pm
Art & Music Room, Main Library
2090 Kittredge at Shattuck

FREE Lecture by Jonathan Khuner on Benjamin Britten and his setting of Henry James's groundbreaking ghost story
Saturday, July 13, 1:00 pm
North Branch Berkeley Public Library
1170 The Alameda at Hopkins

More music of Benjamin Britten, featuring sopranos Laura Bohn and Nikola Printz, with Jonathan Khuner at the piano
Sunday, July 14, 3:00 pm
The Garden Gate Creativity Center, 2911 Claremont Ave. (At Ashby), Berkeley — $35 includes wine and hors d'oeuvres.
Order tickets here.

The Cast

The Governess – Laura Bohn
Peter Quint – Daniel Curran
Mrs Grose – Jillian Khuner
Miss Jessel – Buffy Baggott
Miles – Arman Marchiel (7/26), Milo Boland (7/20, 28)
Flora – Larkin Barnard-Bahn (7/20), Amelia Meacham (7/26, 28)


Conductor – Jonathan Khuner
Stage Director – Mark Streshinsky
Projection Designer – Jeremy Knight
Lighting Designer – Lucas Krech
Costumes – Marie Plette, Romy Douglass
Stage Manager – Gretchen Mueller
Laura Bohn
Daniel Curran
Jillian Khuner
Buffy Baggott
Arman Marchiel
Milo Boland
Larkin Barnard-Bahn
Amelia Meacham
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