Outstanding young Kiwi singers announced for The Turn of the Screw

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New Zealand Opera announces the four young people cast as Flora and Miles in the Company’s new production of Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of The Screw, which will be staged in Auckland and Wellington in October.

The role of Flora will be shared by Auckland teenagers Olivia Forbes and Alexa Harwood, both making their New Zealand Opera debuts. The boys playing Miles have both been members of the Freemasons New Zealand Opera Chorus for previous productions – Auckland’s Lukas Maher and Wellington’s Alexandros Swallow.

Auditions for these roles opened in November last year, with the first step in the process video auditions looking for children with what Director Thomas de Mallet Burgess called very specific trained voices, with steady tone, clear pitch and the ability to project without amplification.

37 auditions were received from around the country, and 13 finalists from four centres were invited to a workshop day in Auckland to make the final selection.

“It is absolutely crucial for this production that the singers performing the roles of Flora and Miles are strong and empathetic actors as well as having the right voices for their role,” said de Mallet Burgess.

“These four young people have extraordinary talent, and considerable on stage experience. We’re thrilled to have them on board for this production and absolutely confident that they’ll shine alongside the already announced cast of Anna LeeseJared HoltMadeleine Pierard and Patricia Wright.

The Turn of the Screw rehearsals begin in Auckland in September and premieres at The Opera House, Wellington on 3 October with a second Wellington performance on 5 October before transferring to ASB Waterfront Theatre for three performances on 18, 20 & 23 October. Tickets for this production are selling fast at ticketmaster.co.nz.

The Turn of The Screw is New Zealand Opera’s second production of 2019, following a major production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville that opens at ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre on 6 June for four performances before traveling to Wellington and Christchurch. This co-production with Queensland Opera and Seattle Opera is directed by Lindy Hume and is on sale now at Ticketmaster (Auckland and Wellington) and Ticketek (Christchurch).

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