Turn of the screw

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Composer:

Benjamin Britten

Librettist:

Myfanwy Piper after Henry James

Premiere:

14 September 1954, Venice (La Fenice)

Language:

English

Synopsis:

Turn of the screw Synopsis

Libretto:

Turn of the screw Libretto

Translation(s):

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About the opera Turn of the screw

The Turn of the Screw is a 20th century English chamber opera composed by Benjamin Britten with a libretto by Myfanwy Piper, "wife of the artist John Piper, who had been a friend of the composer since 1935 and had provided designs for several of the operas". The libretto is based on the novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. The opera was commissioned by the Venice Biennale and given its world premiere on September 14, 1954, at the Teatro La Fenice, Venice. The original recording was made during that year, with the composer himself conducting.
At the time of the première, the opera was described as one of the most dramatically appealing English operas. In two acts, the opera has a prologue and sixteen scenes, each preceded by a variation on the twelve-note 'Screw' theme. Typically of Britten, the music mixes tonality and dissonance, with Britten's recurrent use of a twelve-tone figure being perhaps a nod to the approach of Arnold Schoenberg. Thematically, the play gives a central role to a line borrowed from William Butler Yeats' poem "The Second Coming": "The ceremony of innocence is drowned."

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Roles in Turn of the screw

Prologue Tenor
Governess Soprano
Miles Treble
Flora Soprano
Mrs. Grose Soprano
Miss Jessel Soprano
Peter Quint Tenor

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All scenes from Turn of the screw

Arias from Turn of the screw

Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1It is a curious story

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 0

Type: Voice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
2Nearly there

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.01

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Governess
3Mrs Grose Will she be nice?

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: tr SLanguage: English

Roles: Miles/Flora
4Quiet children Lord!

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.03

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Mrs. Grose
5You must be mrs Grose

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.04

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: English

Roles: Mrs. Grose/Governess
6Miss a letter for you

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.05

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: English

Roles: Governess/Mrs. Grose
7Lavender's blue diddle diddle

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.06

Type: recitativeVoice: tr SLanguage: English

Roles: Miles/Flora
8See how sweetly he plays

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.07

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: English

Roles: Governess/Mrs. Grose
9How beautiful it is

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.08

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Governess
10Tom the piper's son

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.09

Type: recitativeVoice: S trLanguage: English

Roles: Flora/Miles
11Ah! my dear you look so white

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.10-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: English

Roles: Mrs. Grose/Governess
12Quint Peter Quint the master's valet

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.10-2

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: English

Roles: Mrs. Grose/Governess
13Many nouns in is we find

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.11

Type: recitativeVoice: S tr SLanguage: English

Roles: Flora/Miles/Governess
14O rivers and seas and lakes

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.12

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: English

Roles: Governess/Flora
15Miles Miles ah Miles I'm here

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 1.13

Type: recitativeVoice: T tr SLanguage: English

Roles: Peter Quint/Miles/Miss Jessel
16Why did you call me

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.01

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: English

Roles: Peter Quint/Miss Jessel
17Oh sing unto them a new song

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.02

Type: recitativeVoice: tr SLanguage: English

Roles: Miles/Flora
18Oh miss a bright morning

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.03

Type: recitativeVoice: tr S S SLanguage: English

Roles: Miles/Flora/Governess/Mrs. Grose
19She is here in my own room

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.04

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: English

Roles: Governess/Miss Jessel
20Malo malo than a naughty boy

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.05

Type: recitativeVoice: tr S TLanguage: English

Roles: Miles/Governess/Peter Quint
21So she has written

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.06

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Peter Quint
22Oh what a clever boy

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.07

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: English

Roles: Governess/Mrs. Grose
23Flora Flora there she is

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.08

Type: recitativeVoice: S S S SLanguage: English

Roles: Mrs. Grose/Governess/Miss Jessel/Flora
24Ah! my friend you have forsaken

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.09

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Governess
25Mrs Grose oh Miss you were wright

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.10

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: English

Roles: Mrs. Grose/Governess
26Who who made you take the letter

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.11

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: English

Roles: Governess/Peter Quint
27The Journey: Nearly there

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles:
28Lost in my labyrinth

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles:
29Go to sleep, my dolly dear

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: