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Posted by on Aug 18, 2011 in Reviews | 0 comments

Screwy Plot, Perfect Production!

by Melissa Wimbish

Benjamin Britten’s chamber opera in two acts, The Turn of the Screw, seems to have met its perfect resting place at Glyndebourne. Check out the Operagasm review run-down!

Forget bubbly, let’s hit the Scotch!: “Glyndebourne opera-goers needed something a little stronger than Champagne to soothe lacerated nerves during the long interval at the opening night of Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw last week.”

Theory teachers, maybe consider this for your next harmonic dictation quiz: “The production itself is a circular progression of key changes. You know there won’t be a Mills and Boon ending. And you are right. The spirit world, the barely-there spectre of child abuse, disillusionment and the final heartstopping denouement might not make for a comfortable evening but the narrative and cracking pace ensured no lolling heads among the corporate ticket-holders as the curtain fell.”

Bring a sweater: “Musical director Jakub Hrusa brings a haunting, central European chill to this melancholy and brooding score…And Britten’s absorption with the East Anglian landscape permeates the production with waving reeds and writhing trees on set accompanied by bells from offshore warning buoys, psalms and plaintive folk music woven into the harmony.”

Opera inspires!: “As a result of this perfect production, I’ve borrowed the Henry James book and will curl up by a roaring fire as black branches tap my window.”

Check out the full review by Alaistair Muir of the Sussex Express!

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