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The Turn of the Screw

Opera in a prologue and two acts
Music by benjamin BRITTEN Libretto by MYFANWY PIPER after the story by HENRY JAMES gramophone records
Cast in order of singing:
ENGLISH OPERA GROUP ORCHESTRA conducted by THE COMPOSER
In and around Bly, a country house, in the middle of the last century. Act 1
BBC Radio 3

The Turn of the Screw

An opera in two acts
Libretto by MYFANWY PIPER after the story by HENRY JAMES Music by BENJAMIN BRITTEN
An English Opera Group production from Sadler's Wells
Theatre
ENGLISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA leader KENNETH SILLITO conducted by THE COMPOSER Producer COLIN GRAHAM
Act 1 Prologue; Se 1: The journey: Sc 2: The welcome; Sc 3: The letter; Sc 4: The tower: Sc 5: The window: Sc 6: The lesson: Sc 7: The lake; Sc 8: At night
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* The Turn of the Screw

Act 2 Sc 1: Colloquy and soliloquy; Sc 2: The bells; Sc 3: Miss Jessel; Sc 4: The bedroom; Sc 5: Quint; Sc 6: The piano: Sc 7: Flora; Sc 8 Miles
BBC Radio 3

The Turn of the Screw

An opera in two acts
Libretto by MYFANWY PIPER after the story by HENRY JAMES Music by Benjamin Britten
A young governess attempts to rescue the two children in her charge from the evil power of the ghosts that haunt them.
A Scottish Opera production direct from the MacRobert Centre, Stirling
SCOTTISH BAROQUE ENSEMBLE leader LEONARD FRIEDMAN conducted by RODERICK BRYDON Producer ANTHONY BESCH Act 1
8.55* Henry James : a recording from the BBC Sound Archives in which COMPTON MACKENZIE and MAX BEERBOHM recall memories of the author.
.10* The Turn of the Screw Act 2
BBC Radio 3

In Repertory

Anthony Besch
' One of the most satisfactory things about working in opera Is the wide contrast of styles and periods of music which may come my way in any one year,' says opera producer ANTHONY BESCH. He discusses and Illustrates four operas from his recent repertory: Mozart's Cost fan tutte, Britten's The Turn of the Screw, Szymanowski's King Roger and Mozart's La clemenza di Tito. gramophone records
BBC Radio 3

This Week's Composer

Britten Song: The journeying boy (Winter Words): PETER PEARS (tenor), THE COMPOSER (piano) Ellen's Aria: Embroidery in childhood (Peter Grimes ) CLAIRE WATSON (soprano)
COVENT GARDEN OPERA ORCHESTRA conducted by THE COMPOSER
Churchyard Scene (The Turn of the Screw) (mono): SOLOISTS ENGLISH OPERA GROUP ORCHESTRA conducted by THE COMPOSER
Song-cycle: Who are these children?: PETER PEARS (tenor) THE COMPOSER (piano)
The Games of Apollo (Death in Venice) Apollo
JAMES BOWMAN (counter-tenor)
Aschenbach.PETER PEARS (tenor) ENGLISH OPERA GROUP CHORUS
ENGLISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA conducted by STEUART BEDFORD gramophone records
BBC Radio 3

The Operas of Britten

A Midsummer Night's Dream
An opera in three acts, with libretto by PETER PEARS and THE COMPOSER, based on SHAKEspeare's play.
CHOIR OF DOWNSIDE AND
EMANUEL SCHOOLS
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA conducted by THE COMPOSER gramophone records
Act 1: The depths of a wood near Athens: Act 2: The same
3.55* Interval Reading
4.5* A Midsummer Night's Dream
Act 3: The same, changing to the palace of Theseus
(The Turn of the Screw: 25 June)
BBC Radio 3

The Operas of Britten

The next two in the series are the operas inspired by Henry James
The Turn of the Screw An opera in two acts
Libretto by MYFANWY piper after the story by HENRY JAMES
Last year's Wexford Festival production recorded by Radio Telefis Eireann
Peter Quint , ghost of the former manservant
LEE WINSTON (tenor)
Miss Jessel , ghost of the former governess. ANNE CANT (soprano)
WEXFORD FESTIVAL ENSEMBLE leader COLIN STAVELEY conducted by ALBERT ROSEN Act 1
Prologue; Sc 1: The journey; Sc 2: The welcome; Sc 3: The letter; Sc 4: The tower; Sc 5: The window; Sc 6: The lesson; Sc 7: The lake; Sc 8: At night
BBC Radio 3

The Turn of the Screw

Act 2 Sc 1: Colloquy and soliloquy; Sc 2: The bells; Sc 3: Miss Jessel; Sc 4: The bedroom; Sc 5: Quint; Sc 6: The piano; Sc 7: Flora; Sc 8: Miles
BBC Radio 3

* pm Turn of the Screw

1 Key words are: Jew. Palestinian. Arab, Pakistani, Mohammedan and Negro - and there are others.
R. W. Burchfield. Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionaries, describes the problems of the lexicographer in dealing with socially and politically sensitive words, and argues that controversy should not prevent dictionaries from setting down an objective record of the language of their time. BBC Manchester
BBC Radio 3

* The Turn of the Screw

' Key words are: Jew, Palestinian, Arab. Pakistan, Mohammedan and Negro - and there are others.'
R. W. Burchfield. Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionaries. describes the problems of the lexicographer in dealing with socially and politically sensitive words. and argues that controversy should not prevent dictionaries from setting down an objective record of the language of their time. BBC Manchester
BBC Radio 3

The Horror at Bly

Written by NEVILLE TELLER
Narrated by Gavin Campbell
In the 80 years since it first appeared in print The Turn of the Screw. Henry James 's classic horror story, has inspired a variety of films, plays and novels and a Benjamin Britten opera, to say nothing of an immense critical literature. Was it simply a tale of possession of two young children or had it a deeper Freudian significance? Others taking part: HEATHER BELL , MARGOT BOYD , JOHN GABRIEL , UN HOARE, HENRY KNOWLES. JENNIFER PIERCEY , ROY SPENCER. ROBERT TROTTER. PHILIP VOSS and MANNING WILSON.
Directed by MAURICE LEITCH
BBC Radio 3

The Turn of the Screw

An opera in two acts
Libretto by MYFANNWY PIPER after the story by HENRY JAMES. Music by Benjamin Britten
A performance by English National Opera direct from the London Coliseum, dedicated to the memory of Britten. who died tlii-oftvnnrsafrotoday.
ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA CHORUS, associate chorus-master SIMON JOLY ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA ORCHESTRA leader BARRY COLLINS conducted by LIONEL FRIEND
BBC Radio 3

In Repertory

' Opera is encrusted with barnacles and seaweed and the accumulated mess of virtually 100 years of often very thoughtless productions. I think it's often necessary to scrape that off in order to get back to the clean lines of its original artificiality.'
Jonathan Miller discusses with Graham Sheffield his attitude to opera and some of the works in his repertory as a producer.
With music on records from Monteverdi's Orfeo, The Cunning Little Vixen, Rigoletto, The Marriage of Figaro, and The Turn of the Screw.
BBC Radio 3

In Repertory

Jonathan Miller
' Opera is encrusted with barnacles and seaweed and the accumulated mess of virtually 100 years of often very thoughtless productions. I think it's often necessary to scrape that off in order to get back to the clean lines of its original artificiality.' JONATHAN MILLER discusses With GRAHAM SHEFFIELD his attitude to opera and some of the works in his repertory as a producer; with music, on records, from Monteverdi's Orfeo. The Cunning Little Vixen, Rigoletto, The Marriage of Figaro and The Turn oi the Screw
BBC Radio 3

The Turn of the Screw

Opera in two acts
Music by Benjamin Britten Libretto by MYFANWY PIPER , after the story by HENRY JAMES
Britten's music graphically underlays the deepening spiral of horror into which the characters are driven by whatever ghosts they seem to see.
INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE OF THE NEW PHILHARMONIC
ORCHESTRA OF RADIO FRANCE conducted by JULIUS RUDEL Act 1
3.25* Interval Reading
3.35* The Turn of the Screw, Act 2
BBC Radio 3

I Know What I Like

Frank Kermode is King Edward VII Professor of . English Literature at
Cambridge: but. from his Manx childhood onwards, music has come a close second. His personal choice of records includes Heddle Nash singing Handel, Heifetz and Primrose playing a Mozart duo. and extracts from Fidelio. Arabella and The Turn of the Screw.
Producer
PIERS BURTON-PACE
BBC Radio 3

The Turn of the Screw

Opera in two acts. Libretto by MYFANWY PIPER after the story by HENRY JAMES. Music by Britten
Direct relay from the London Coliseum of a performance by English National Opera
Orchestra of English National Opera leader ROLF WILSON conducted by Lionel Friend Act






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