“The Turn of the Screw” press release

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On Site Opera to present Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, October 25 – 27, 2019 at Wave Hill in the Bronx

For immediate release – New York, NY – New York, NY – On Site Opera (OSO) will present Benjamin Britten’s operatic ghost story, The Turn of the Screw, at Wave Hill, a public garden and former estate in the Bronx, October 25-27, 2019. The immersive production will unfold in several locations around the estate, both indoors and outdoors, with audience members following the characters from place to place.

Director Eric Einhorn says, “The incredible grounds at Wave Hill will allow us to take audiences on a journey like never before. The opera will begin outside on a sweeping overlook of the Hudson River, then literally follow the Governess on her journey into and through two rooms of the stately Wave Hill house, where mysterious things await her.”

The cast includes Jennifer Check as the Governess, Dominic Armstrong as Peter Quint, Adriana Zabala as Miss Jessell, Margaret Lattimore as Mrs. Grose, Ashley Emerson as Flora, and Darius Elmore as Miles. OSO Music Director Geoffrey McDonald will lead the instrumental ensemble.

A gothic thriller originally written in 1898 by American Novelist, Henry James, The Turn of the Screw embodies supernatural elements and suspense. A governess arrives at a remote country estate to care for two children with explicit orders from her employer to never write to him about the children, never inquire about the history of the house, and to never abandon the children. Alone and anxious, the Governess begins to feel that the grounds might be haunted and that the malevolent spirits are targeting the children in her charge.

This production follows OSO’s acclaimed recent performances of the World Premiere of Michi Wiancko and Deborah Brevoort’s new opera, Murasaki’s Moon in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Astor Court, Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors at the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, Ricky Ian Gordon and William Hoffman’s Morning Star at the Eldridge St. Synagogue, Mozart’s The Secret Gardener in an NYC community garden, Milhaud’s Guilty Mother in a Hell’s Kitchen garage, and the world premiere of Musto’s Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs.

The Turn of the Screw
Music by Benjamin Britten
Libretto by Myfanwy Piper

Based on the novella by Henry James
A co-production with Wave Hill
October 25, 2019, 7:30pm
October 26, 2019, 7:30pm
October 27, 2019, 5:00pmPresented on the grounds of Wave Hill (West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, Bronx, NY 10471-2899)

General admission – $75
All tickets include admission to the grounds of Wave Hill.
Tickets will go on sale July 22, 2019

*Audiences will be asked to stand and walk intermittently for approximately the first 30 minutes of the production.

Conductor: Geoffrey McDonald
Director: Eric Einhorn
Costume Designer: Amanda Seymour
Lighting Designer: Shawn K. Kaufman
Prop Designer: Sydney E. Schatz

The Governess: Jennifer Check, soprano
Peter Quint: Dominic Armstrong, tenor
Miss Jessell: Adriana Zabala, mezzo-soprano
Mrs. Grose: Margaret Lattimore, mezzo-soprano
Flora: Ashley Emerson, soprano
Miles: Darius Elmore, countertenor

About On Site Opera
On Site Opera produces site-specific operas in non-traditional venues throughout New York City (and beyond!). By staging each opera in an environment specific to the piece, OSO surrounds the audience and artists in the music and drama of the story, amplifying the connection between the world of the opera and the reality of the audience. To date, OSO has produced operas in more than a dozen unique venues, including Ricky Ian Gordon’s Morning Star at the Eldridge Street Synagogue, Shostakovich’s The Tale of The Silly Baby Mouse using large-scale puppets in performances for families at the Bronx Zoo; Gershwin’s Blue Monday in the historic Cotton Club of Harlem; and Rameau’s Pygmalion in Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum which explored new technology in opera through the use of Google Glass supertitles.About Wave Hill
Wave Hill is a 28-acre estate in the Hudson Hill section of Riverdale, The Bronx, in New York City. Wave Hill currently consists of public horticultural gardens and a cultural center, all situated on the slopes overlooking the Hudson River, with expansive views across the river to the New Jersey Palisades.

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