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The Turn of the Screw
Presented by The Dallas Opera

Categorized as: Performing Arts & Dance
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The Dallas Opera announces a new production in the company’s repertoire, THE TURN OF THE SCREW by Benjamin Britten with libretto by Myfanwy Piper. The dark and gripping tale is based on the atmospheric novel by Henry James and is set in the 1950s. This acclaimed production from Glyndebourne opens on Friday, March 17, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. at the Winspear Opera House. Three additional performances of THE TURN OF THE SCREW will take place on March 19(m), 22, and 25, 2017.

Single tickets, starting at just $19, are on sale now, with seating subject to availability. Tickets may be purchased online, at the door, at the ticket office, or by calling 214.443.1000. Flex subscriptions (three opera productions) start at $75 and are also available now. The Winspear Opera House is located at 2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201.

The production features eagerly anticipated company debuts by British soprano Emma Bell, American mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick, hailed as a “force of nature,” and the return of tenor William Burden. Nicole Paiement, the Martha R. and Preston A. Peak Principal Guest Conductor, leads Britten’s enthralling twentieth-century score, mixing tonality and dissonance with the recurrent use of a twelve-note theme.

A governess is hired to care for two children at Bly, an English country house. The position, which initially seemed promising, soon turns puzzling when the governess sees what she believes to be a ghost. The housekeeper reveals a sordid series of events involving two former employees, now dead, who may have had inappropriate relationships with the children. Miles and Flora, the children, display bizarre and often troubling behavior. The ghosts torment them and the governess to such an extreme that she must decide whether to leave Bly House or stay in order to protect the children.

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