‘The ceremony of innocence is drowned.’ These words, taken from a poem by WB Yeats, are the central motif for Benjamin Britten’s opera. Two children are at the core of the story, Miles and Flora. Has their innocence been fatally corrupted? Have they become possessed by malign forces? Are they essentially evil?
Based on the story by Henry James, the opera draws on every nuance of the original’s insidious subtlety, its depiction of a strangely disturbed atmosphere, of hidden horrors and ambiguities. There are ghosts but are they real manifestations or have they been conjured up by the disturbed imagination of the governess who has been appointed to look after the children?
Twining itself throughout the piece is the music that Britten writes for the children, deceptively simple and hauntingly strange and sinister. Nursery rhymes become incantations and the familiar words of psalms from the Bible are disturbingly distorted.
The screw turns and keeps turning, ever tighter…
Described by the Independent on Sunday as ‘one of Glyndebourne’s most provocative and accomplished productions’, The Turn of the Screw was first seen on the Tour in 2006 and is revived with a cast of young rising stars including award-winning Welsh soprano Natalya Romaniw in the role of the Governess.
A revival of the 2006 Tour production
Sung in English with supertitles
Conductor – Leo McFall
Director – Jonathan Kent
Revival Director – Francesca Gilpin
Designer – Paul Brown
Lighting Designer – Mark Henderson
Prologue/Peter Quint – Anthony Gregory
Governess – Natalya Romaniw
Mrs Grose – Anne Mason
Miss Jessel – Miranda Keys
The Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra
The performance lasts approximately 2 hours, including one interval of 20 minutes.
A pre-performance talk will be held at the Athenaeum, behind the Theatre, on Friday 28th November at 6.15pm
Pricing & Concessions
£15.70 – £50.20
Under 16s, Student, Unwaged, Young Company, ANLO:
Half price tickets in A, B & C
£5 off A, B & C
£4 off A, B & C
£4 off A, B & C
£5 off A, B & C
£3.50 off A, B & C
Groups of 10+:
£2.50 off each ticket
Groups of 20+:
£3.50 off each ticket
Groups of 40+:
£4.50 off each ticket
Book two Glyndebourne operas at the same time and receive £4 off each ticket (A, B & C)
Book three Glyndebourne operas at the same time and receive £6 off each ticket (A, B & C)
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Dates & Times
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