Myfanwy Piper, wife of the artist John Piper, wrote the libretto, while Britten incorporated traditional children's songs in his complex and darkly coloured score. Britten's musical and life partner Peter Pears created the role of Peter Quint.
At Garsington Opera The Turn of the Screw brings the main season to an end on an eerie note, the atmospheric gardens that surround the house sure to add to the chills down the spine.
Tenor Ed Lyon sings the role of the discomforting manservant Peter Quint
A starry cast is headed by soprano Sophie Bevan, as the Governess – the new arrival in a grim household where old retainers are not what they seem, and the youngsters in her charge seem very unusual. As Peter Quint the manservant in the 19th-century country house is the tenor Ed Lyon. Bevan and Lyon appeared together impressively at the Royal Opera House in 2017 in Thomas Adès's The Exterminating Angel.
Richard Farnes conducts the Garsington Opera Orchestra. Direction is by Louisa Muller, with designs by Christopher Oram and all-important lighting by Malcolm Rippeth.
The Turn of the Screw is sung in English with English surtitles. General booking opens 10AM, Tues 19 March. Prices include voluntary £70 donation per ticket. Performances on 1, 4, 7, 13, 15 and 19 July. A Pre-performance Talk is given at 5PM on Thursday 4 July
|What||The Turn of the Screw, Garsington Opera|
|Where||Garsington Opera, Wormsley Estate , Stokenchurch, HP14 3YG | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Marylebone (underground)|
01 Jul 19 – 19 Jul 19, six performances; with long dinner interval
|Website||Click here for more information and booking|