Why fear things that go bump in the night when there are far scarier specters afoot, sometimes not making any sound at all? In The Turn of the Screw, Benjamin Britten’s operatic setting of Henry James’s novella, terror takes shape in ghostly, physical, and psychological forms. Premiered in 1954, the composer’s final chamber opera tells of a young governess who is hired to care for two children in an isolated country house in mid-19th century England. She soon realizes that the children are haunted by secrets and spirits that harm them in very real ways. University Opera’s telling of Britten’s gothic horror opera chillingly challenges audiences to consider the very existence of ghosts. Might they truly dwell among us? Or might we invent them for our own deep, psychological reasons?
Tickets $25/$20 (Seniors over 62)/$10 (Students)