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THE TURN OF THE SCREW

by Ben­jamin Britten

The most impor­tant prob­lem fac­ing our soci­ety these days is the fact that we are liv­ing in sep­a­rate real­i­ties. Bub­bles are form­ing, with­in which infor­ma­tion is spread with a par­tic­u­lar log­ic that has noth­ing to do with oth­er bub­bles and oth­er logics.

This ambigu­ous view of the world is the sub­ject of the short nov­el “The Turn of the Screw” by Hen­ry James. Set­ting it as an opera, Ben­jamin Brit­ten added new lay­ers, by con­fronting the strict moral expec­ta­tions of Vic­to­ri­an times with the emerg­ing sub­con­scious phan­tasies of young children.

Noth­ing is cer­tain. This per­for­mance will make you ques­tion what you see, think and believe.”

Iván Fis­ch­er

CAST

The Prologue + Quint
Andrew Staples
The Governess
Miah Persson
Miles
Ben Fletcher
Flora
Lucy Barlow
Mrs Grose
Laura Aiken
Miss Jessel
Allison Cook
Budapest Festival Orchestra
Conductor:
Iván Fischer

PRODUCTION TEAM

Costume designer:
Anna Biagiotti
Set design:
Andrea Tocchio
Lighting designer:
NN
Stage Manager: 
Wendy Griffin-Reid
Assistant Director:
NN
Technical Director:
Róbert Zentai
Special effects
Nils Corte
Directors:
Iván Fischer & Marco Gandini

 

 A production of the Ivan Fischer Opera Company
co-produced by
Müpa Budapest
Vicenza Opera Festival

SINGERS

 

ANDREW STAPLES

ANDREW STAPLES

tenor

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Andrew Sta­ples is con­sid­ered one of the most ver­sa­tile tenors of his gen­er­a­tion, appear­ing reg­u­lar­ly with Simon Rat­tle, Daniel Hard­ing, Emmanuelle Haïm, Andrew Davis, Esa-Pekka Salo­nen and Yan­nick Nézet-Séguin, and with the Berlin Phil­har­mon­ic, Vien­na Phil­har­mon­ic, Swedish Radio Orches­tra, Bavar­i­an Radio Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra, Rot­ter­dam Phil­har­mon­ic Orches­tra, Orchestre de Paris and Lon­don Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra. He made his debut at the Roy­al Opera House, Covent Gar­den as Jacquino in Fide­lio, return­ing as Fla­mand in Capric­cio, Tamino in Die Zauber­flöte, Tichon in Katya Kabano­va and Narraboth in Salome. His future per­for­mances include Peter Grimes at Teatro La Fenice, The Turn of the Screw with the Budapest Fes­ti­val Orches­tra, The Dream of Geron­tius with the Roy­al Scot­tish Nation­al Orches­tra, Roméo et Juli­ette with the Orchestre phil­har­monique de Radio France and Idome­neo at the Deutsche Staat­sop­er Berlin.

BEN FLETCHER

BEN FLETCHER

sopra­no

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Ben Fletch­er (12) is a mem­ber of Trin­i­ty Boys Choir and a Music Schol­ar at Trin­i­ty School, Croy­don. In 2021 he per­formed the role of Moth in Ben­jamin Britten’s A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream for Mal­mo Opera, Swe­den, and the Frog in Janacek’s The Cun­ning Lit­tle Vix­en with The City of Birm­ing­ham Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra in semi-staged con­certs in Birm­ing­ham, Ger­many and France. Recent­ly he has sung the role of Miles in Britten’s The Turn of The Screw to crit­i­cal acclaim for Gars­ing­ton Opera. Ben plays the piano and the vio­lin and stud­ies singing with Katharine Fuge.

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MIAH PERSSON

MIAH PERSSON

sopra­no

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Inter­na­tion­al­ly renowned Swedish sopra­no Miah Pers­son has worked all over the world as a recital­ist and con­cert artist, as well as on the oper­at­ic stage. In her dis­tin­guished career Pers­son has per­formed Fiordili­gi in Così fan tutte, Gre­tel in Hansel und Gre­tel, Pam­i­na in Die Zauber­flöte, Susan­na in Le Nozze di Figaro and Zer­li­na in Don Gio­van­ni. She has sung the title role in L’Incoronazione di Pop­pea. She has pre­vi­ous­ly sung the role of the Gov­erness in Turn of the Screw at Glyn­de­bourne. High­lights of the 2021/22 sea­son include her debut as Count­ess Alma­vi­va in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Sem­per­op­er Dres­den, and in a new pro­duc­tion at the Opéra nation­al de Paris; Mahler’s Sym­pho­ny No. 2 with the Orchestre nation­al de Lyon and Swedish Radio Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra; Mahler’s Sym­pho­ny No. 4 at the BBC Proms; and Mozart’s Mass in C minor with Zubin Mehta and the Los Ange­les Philharmonic.

LUCY BARLOW

LUCY BARLOW

sopra­no

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Lucy Bar­low (11) is a mem­ber of Brom­ley Youth Music Trust and attends Dar­rick Wood Junior School.  She has recent­ly per­formed the role of Young Fiona in Shrek the Musi­cal, Fizzy in Bugsy Mal­one, Lit­tle Red Rid­ing-Hood in The Three Lit­tle Pigs and Mar­ta in The Sound of Music.  She has been award­ed first place three times in the John Austen Singing Com­pe­ti­tion.  Lucy plays the piano and oboe.

LAURA AIKIN

LAURA AIKIN

sopra­no

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World-renowned Amer­i­can sopra­no Lau­ra Aikin is a famil­iar pres­ence in the world’s great opera hous­es and con­cert halls per­form­ing with many of the great­est con­duc­tors of our time includ­ing Daniel Baren­boim, William Christie, Iván Fis­ch­er, Daniel Gat­ti, René Jacobs, Fabio Luisi, Zubin Mehta, Ingo Met­z­mach­er, Ric­car­do Muti and Franz Welser-Möst. Her reper­toire embraces works from the Baroque to the con­tem­po­rary. In great demand in both Europe and  Amer­i­ca, she is a reg­u­lar guest at lead­ing opera hous­es world­wide such as Vien­na State Opera, La Scala Milano, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opern­haus Zurich, Opéra nation­al de Paris, Sem­per­op­er Dres­den, Gran Teatro del Liceu Barcelona and The Met­ro­pol­i­tan Opera, New York. Recent high­lights include Ros­alinde in Johann Strauß’ Fle­d­er­maus, Hele­na in Man­fred Tro­jah­n’s Orest at the Vien­na State Opera and Shostakovich’s The Nose at the Bavar­i­an State Opera in 2021. In March 2022 Lau­ra Aikin could be heard in the world pre­miere of Ste­fan Wirth’s Girl with a Pearl Ear­ring.

ALLISON COOK

ALLISON COOK

mez­zoso­pra­no

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Alli­son Cook’s rep­u­ta­tion as one of today’s fore­most expo­nents of con­tem­po­rary and 20th-cen­tu­ry reper­toire has been firm­ly estab­lished through the recent cre­ation of a range of for­mi­da­ble char­ac­ters. Dra­mat­ic ver­sa­til­i­ty and an exten­sive vocal range have shaped a unique career which incor­po­rates roles includ­ing Judith in Bluebeard’s Cas­tle, Miss Jes­sel in The Turn of the Screw, Salome, Marie in Wozzeck, Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Saariaho’s Émi­lie. Recent­ly Alli­son added two sig­nif­i­cant new roles to her reper­toire: the For­eign Princess in Rusal­ka for Staat­sthe­ater Stuttgart, and Venus in Tannhäuser for Opern­haus Wup­per­tal under Patrick Hahn. The cur­rent sea­son sees the addi­tion of Kundry in Par­si­fal with the Orques­ta de Extremadu­ra under Pablo Heras-Casa­do and a return to the For­eign Princess in Bergen.

© 2018  Vicenza Opera Festival

© 2018  Vicenza Opera Festival