The Turn of the Screw

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Nothing is what it seems in Bly, an old English country house. When a new governess arrives, the children entrusted to her care seem to receive visits from the ghosts of the previous governess and her libertine lover. Events become ever more disturbing; the questions become ever more uncomfortable: what horrors occurred here before her arrival? Are the children innocent or not? Do you really see what you see?


Based on an intriguing ghost story by Henry James, Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw is a psychological thriller in chamber opera format. The work’s layered and emotionally charged nature is an ideal fit for the director Andrea Breth. Together with the British conductor Ben Glassberg, she turns the screw of your imagination until the tension becomes unbearable.

Program and cast

Conductor: BEN GLASSBERG
Director: ANDREA BRETH
Set design: RAIMUND ORFEO VOIGT
Costumes: CARLA TETI
Lighting: ALEXANDER KOPPELMANN
Dramaturgy: KLAUS BERTISCH


Prologue: JOHN GRAHAM-HALL
Governess: SALLY MATTHEWS
Mrs. Grose: CAROLE WILSON
Miss Jessel: GISELLE ALLEN
Peter Quint: JULIAN HUBBARD


La Monnaie Chamber Orchestra


Production: DE MUNT / LA MONNAIE

La Monnaie

The Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie is an Opera house in Brussels, Belgium. Both of its names translate as Royal Theatre of the Mint.


Today the National Opera of Belgium, a federal institution, takes the name of the theatre in which it is housed. Therefore, la Monnaie or de Munt refers both to the structure as well as the opera company.


As Belgium's leading opera house it is one of the few cultural institutions which receives financial support from the federal government of Belgium. Other opera houses in Belgium, such as the Vlaamse Opera and the Opéra Royal de Wallonie, are funded by regional governments.

Johan Jacobs
© Jill Greenberg courtesy Jaski Gallery, Amsterdam
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