Glyndebourne is proud to announce a new recording to be released on its independent CD label, Benjamin Britten’s chilling masterpiece The Turn of the Screw from the 2007 Festival, conducted by Edward Gardner with Camilla Tilling and Emma Bell.
Based on Henry James’s novella of the same name The Turn of the Screw, Britten’s chamber opera, was composed 1954, and was immediately acknowledged as the most refined dramatic music piece of its time. The ghost story centers on the inter-play between innocence and corruption and throughout the piece there is an overwhelming sense of encroaching evil, brilliantly communicated in Britten’s orchestral writing.
The opera was staged for the first time at Glyndebourne in 2006 as part of the Glyndebourne on Tour season and then was revived for the 2007 Festival when this recording was made. Conducted by Edward Gardner, the Governess is sung by Camilla Tilling with William Burden singing Prologue/Peter Quint and Emma Bell singing Miss Jessel. Anne-Marie Owens (Mrs Grose) and the children Flora (Joanna Songi) and Miles (Christopher Sladdin) reprised their 2006 performances.
p. “It’s hard to know where to begin praising it”- The Sunday Telegraph
p. “The Governess is more disturbing still, thanks to Camilla Tilling’s thrilling soprano.”- The Times
p. “Both William Burden as Peter Quint and Emma Bell as Miss Jessel sing ravishingly.”- The Guardian