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
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
From the Barbican Theatre,
London. Deborah Warner's new Royal Opera production of Britten's opera based on a story by Henry James , in which the ghosts of Peter Quint and Miss Jessel try to claim the souls of Miles and Flora, the children of the haunted house of Bly.
Soloists of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, conductor Colin Davis
8.40 Turning a Ghost Story into Opera Tom Rosenthal examines the novella by Henry James on which
Benjamin Britten based his opera and investigates the differences between the two versions and the process by which a ghost story became a ghost opera.
9.00 Act 2
' 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
With Susan Sharpe.
1.00 British Opera Matinee
Britten The Turn of the Screw
A new governess arrives at Bly to take charge of two angelic children, but soon she is plunged into a twilight world of ghostly characters and innocence corrupted. Britten took his inspiration from
Henry James 's novella. Presented by Humphrey Carpenter.
Aldeburgh Festival Chamber Ensemble, conductor
Steuart Bedford Discs
A performance of Welsh National Opera's new production of Benjamin Britten 's chamber opera The Turn of the Screw, given at the New Theatre, Cardiff, last week. This taut drama, which Britten and his librettist Myfanwy Piper crafted from Henry James 's ghost story, is set in an isolated country house in the east of England.
Presented by Huw Tregelles Williams in conversation with John Crowley , who explains how he has attempted to convey the drama of the piece in this, his first opera production.
Welsh National Opera Orchestra, conductor Carlo Rizzi
Based on Henry James 's 1898 ghost story, Britten's disturbing 1954 chamber opera
The Turn of the Screw explores themes of sexual repression and the corruption of innocence.
Charles Mackerras , who knew and worked closely with Britten, conducts David McVicar 's English
National Opera production, live from London's Coliseum. Presented by Martin Handley. Britten The Turn of the Screw
Members of the Orchestra of English National Opera, conductor Charles Mackerras
At 7.25 Martin Handley and documentary-maker and author John Bridcut explore the themes and composition of the opera, and Valentine Cunningham discusses Henry James 's novella. At 7.45 Act 2
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The Turn of the Screw
From this summer's Glyndebourne Festival comes Jonathan Kent 's production of Benjamin Britten 's The Turn of the Screw. Presented by Martin Handley with soprano Vivian Tierney , who gives her insights into performing Britten on stage.
London Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Edward Gardner
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7/10. The Turn of the Screw. John Evans talks to the veteran director Basil Coleman , who worked closely with Britten during the 1950s, and directed the premiere of his chamber opera The Turn of the Screw, based on Henry James 's ghost story, at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice in 1954.