Upcoming: Britten’s ‘The Turn of the Screw’ with Byre Opera

As Miss Wordsworth in Byre Opera's 'Albert Herring'! Photo credit: Emilie Clarke

As Miss Wordsworth in Byre Opera’s ‘Albert Herring’! Photo credit: Emilie Clarke

Following the success of Iphigénie en Tauride this summer, Byre Opera will now present Britten’s chamber masterpiece The Turn of the Screw for its 2016 season. I am absolutely thrilled to have been cast as Governess!

The production – directed by Tania Holland-Willams and musically directed by Michael Downes – will open at the Byre Theatre, St Andrews and then tour to the MacRobert Centre in Stirling, Haddo House in Aberdeenshire and The Maltings Theatre in Berwick-upon-Tweed, comprising 6 performances throughout June and July.

I have greatly enjoyed exploring 20th-century repertoire this year and am very excited to start working on the role of Governess. I first looked at the Tower Scene in my penultimate semester at St Andrews and even then I was completely mesmerised by the haunting beauty of Britten’s music. The twelve-note “screw theme” is particularly noticeable throughout the opera now that I’m aware of it, linking each variation with a claustrophobic continuity.

The last time Byre Opera performed Britten was in June 2014 with the fantastic Albert Herring. If you are planning to be in St Andrews, Stirling, Berwick-upon-Tweed or Aberdeenshire next summer, don’t miss out on your next Britten fix!

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