A guide to Benjamin Britten’s intense opera The Turn of the Screw. Piper began sending draft copies of the libretto in early and by this time Britten was. Benjamin Britten- The Turn of a Screw (libretto) – Download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online. Benjamin Britten- The Turn of a Screw (libretto). Some of the oldest passages in the libretto of Benjamin Britten’s opera The Turn of the Screw are the Latin bits – the most cryptic parts of what is.

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It’s all a mistake. He knows now that all is not well, he has had my letter. The diminutive of vermis worm was vermiculus, another slang term for penis.

Turn of the screw Libretto

She views herself as a heroine even if we’re not so sure. Never you mind, well be all right, you’ll see. You must be free.

In a trice they’ll be dragging you all over the park. She settles down near Flora. Described as one of the most dramatically appealing English operas, the opera in two acts has a prologue and sixteen scenes, each preceded by a variation on the twelve-note ‘Screw’ theme.

Benjamin Britten – Turn Of The Screw, op. 54 – libretto

After church, the family returns home. The line ‘The ceremony of innocence is drowned’ is taken from a poem by W. The Governess hurries Flora home to safety.


The Governess realizes she has lost Flora. The allusiveness, just safe enough, was cannily endorsed by Britten.

No – she’s no good. There had been a governess, but she had gone.

The Innocents play The Turn of the Screw opera. Scdew Flora, what seas do you know? Separately the Governess despairs at the evil she feels, unable to decide how to act.

You little unhappy thing! Who made you take the letter? They are here, there, everywhere. Flora Soprano Miles’s younger sister, though usually sung by an adult which means she’s often played older.

Hateful, cruel, nasty, horrible!

Filthy Britten

The lights fade as she runs away. Flora, Flora, do not fail me! The day of the premiere was a stressful one. Miles Nearly there Sung by: Miles – dear little Miles, is there nothing you want to tell me? The lights fade as the children lead the Brittn off. The housekeeper did nothing, since Quint intimidated her, od she explains “it wasn’t my place”. Mrs Grose and the Governess entered terrified by the children’s apparent vanishing.

Grose implies that Quint may have been a pederast who preyed on Miles, and that he had a sexual relationship with Miss Jessel, the young and beautiful previous governess. Now I must go. During this conversation Miles begins showing off at the piano. Returning to the house, the Governess finds Miss Jessel in the schoolroom bemoaning her fate.


Boadicea on her chariot! O innocence, you have corrupted me, which way shall I turn? All opera sheetmusic Soprano sheetmusic Mezzo Soprano sheetmusic Tenor sheetmusic Baritone sheetmusic Bass sheetmusic. List of compositions by Benjamin Britten Category: The Governess comes out of the house. Jessel away from the house, Quint falling on an icy road. Grose is enjoying it. The lights fade in on the front of the house and the tower.

O ye walls and towers: They argue over their past and declare their determination to capture Miles and Flora. Thematically, the play gives a central role to a line borrowed from W. Its narrative hesitations and modernist kind the story will not tell in any old-fashioned, straightforward manner dragged along with them huge moral challenges. The premiere was so close that Imogen Holst, Britten’s amanuensis, would make a vocal score of each scene as it was completed so that the singers could begin preparing whilst the opera was still being written.

Grose are hovering about listening to him. They’re so happy with you, you’re so good to them.