The ceremony of innocence is drowned.— W.B. Yeats, The Second Coming
Nothing is what it seems in Bly, an old English country house. When a new governess arrives, the children entrusted to her care seem to receive visits from the ghosts of the previous governess and her libertine lover. Events become ever more disturbing; the questions become ever more uncomfortable: what horrors occurred here before her arrival? Are the children innocent or not? Do you really see what you see?
Based on an intriguing ghost story by Henry James, Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw is a psychological thriller in chamber opera format. The work’s layered and emotionally charged nature is an ideal fit for the director Andrea Breth. Together with the British conductor Ben Glassberg, she turns the screw of your imagination until the tension becomes unbearable.
Set designRAIMUND ORFEO VOIGT
MilesTHOMAS HEINEN**, HENRI DE BEAUFFORT*
Mrs. GroseCAROLE WILSON
Miss JesselGISELLE ALLEN
Peter QuintJULIAN HUBBARD
Member of the La Monnaie Children’s Chorus*
Members of the Cantus Juvenum Karlsruhe chorus**
La Monnaie Chamber Orchestra
ProductionDE MUNT / LA MONNAIE