The Turn of the Screw

  • Dates: September 20, 2024
  • Times: 7:30pm
  • Admission: See Event Website for Details; Tickets on Sale August 1st
  • Jefferson Center
    541 Luck Avenue
    Roanoke, VA 24016
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Family Ghosts: The Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten
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Friday, September 20, 2024 | 7:30PM | Jefferson Center, Roanoke

Sunday, September 22, 2024 | 2:30PM | Moss Arts Center, Blacksburg

Length: 1 hour 40 minutes

Sung in English, with projected English text

In this operatic adaptation of Henry James’ 1898 spine-tingling novella, a young governess is hired to care for Miles and Flora, two orphaned children with an unsettled upbringing. Upon arrival at the remote English estate, the governess is met with the mysterious presence of two ghosts whom she believes are influencing the children. As the lines begin to blur between reality and the supernatural, she embarks on a mission to protect them from these sinister forces that ultimately end in tragedy.  

A master of the “theme and variations” compositional technique, Benjamin Britten builds suspense throughout with the use of a single motif (musical theme), creating a chilling atmosphere that will keep you on the edge of your seat. You’ll be left questioning your own interpretation of the opera’s haunting conclusion.  Enter the world of Bly manor…if you dare! 

Creative Team:
Steven White, Conductor
Dean Anthony, Stage Director
Joey Neighbors, Technical Director

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  • See Event Website for Details; Tickets on Sale August 1st