The Turn of the Screw

Benjamin Britten

3 Oct - 23 Oct 2019

A chilling ghost story, saturated with menace. Benjamin Britten’s haunting operatic version of Henry James’s famous novella 'The Turn of the Screw'.


A young governess arrives at a remote country house to care for two children with only written instructions from their guardian, who advises not to disturb him. Before long a tapestry is woven of obsession, sexual awakening and the destruction of childhood. A narrative just ambivalent enough for us to project upon it our own fears.

Governess Anna Leese
Prologue/Peter Quint Jared Holt
Miss Jessel Madeleine Pierard
Mrs Grose Patricia Wright

Conductor Holly Mathieson
Director Thomas de Mallet Burgess
Set and Costume Designer Tracy Grant Lord
Lighting Designer Matthew Marshall

Opera House
October 3 & 5 at 7.30pm

ASB Waterfront Theatre
October 18 & 23 at 7.30pm
October 20 at 2.30pm

Orchestra Wellington
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

A New Zealand Opera production

Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten
Libretto by Myfanwy Piper, after a story by Henry James Published by Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd.

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