Tonight marks the opening night of Garsington Opera’s new production of Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, featuring British soprano Sophie Bevan in the role of the Governess. Directed by Louisa Muller and conducted by Richard Farnes, this production will also feature Ed Lyon as Quint, Kathleen Wilkinson as Mrs Grose, Katherine Broderick as Miss Jessel, Leo Jemison as Miles and Adrianna Forbes-Dorant and Elen Willmer as Flora.
Already established as one the most eminent sopranos of her generation, Sophie has enjoyed a busy and triumphant 2018-2019 season. She made her Dresden Semperoper debut in November as Mélisande(role debut) in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande before debuting at Teatro Real, Madrid as Freia in Wagner’s Das Rheingold. Sophie also appeared as part of the Britten Sinfonia tour of the Messiah in December. As the perfect end to her season, last month Sophie was awarded an MBE for services to music in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
The Turn of the Screw will be performed on 1, 4, 7, 13, 15 and 19 July. For more information about the production, check the Garsington Opera website. You can also check the video below to hear Louisa Muller and Richard Farnes discuss this exciting new production.