“The Turn of the Screw” – a Collaboration between the Schenectady Symphony and Skidmore College- The Cold War Era (1947-1990)

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Run time: 2 hours

The SSO kicks off the 2022-2023 season by returning to UPH for another collaboration with Skidmore College. Be prepared to be pleasantly puzzled and tastefully terrified by Benjamin Britten’s Gothic ghost story opera, The Turn of the Screw, described as one of the most dramatically appealing English operas. This marks the third operatic collaboration between SSO and Skidmore College. 

This semi-staged production tells the woeful tale of the children of Bly Manor in 1898 England as depicted in the novel of the same title by Henry James.  Follow the Governess as she struggles with the supernatural and her own sanity. 

Considered Britten’s operatic masterpiece, singers include Sylvia Stoner as the Governess, Casey Gray as Peter Quint, Anneliese Von Goerken-Zinser as Mrs. Grose, Stefanie Sudduth as Miss Jessel, with Skidmore students Jessica Byers-Flora, Lucrezia Zichichi-Miles, and Johnny Mulcahy singing the Prologue.

Join us at 2:00 pm in the Chapel at Universal Preservation Hall for a pre-concert talk “The Miracle of Britten’s Turn of the Screw“, presented by composer and educator Sean Doyle. Drawing on the backstory of the work’s conception and premiere, Dr. Doyle will explore the notable musical and dramatic aspects of this truly remarkable opera. The talk will conclude with a Q&A opportunity for the audience. All are welcome to attend!

Tickets are $18 – Children Under 18 are free when accompanied by a ticketed adult.

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