October 2019

The Turn of the Screw

Wave Hill

The Turn of the Screw

Music by Benjamin Britten
Libretto by Myfanwy Piper
Based on the novella by Henry James

presented on the grounds of

Wave Hill
West 249th Street and Independence Avenue
Bronx, NY 10471-2899

A governess arrives at a remote country estate to care for two 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.

Join On Site Opera on the breathtaking grounds of Wave Hill for an immersive production of Britten’s gothic masterpiece. The drama will unfold in several locations around the grounds, both indoors in the stately rooms of Wave Hill House and outdoors overlooking sweeping views of the Hudson River. Audiences will be asked to stand and walk intermittently for approximately the first 30 minutes of the production.

Co-produced with Wave Hill.


Friday, October 25, 2019 at 7:30pm
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 7:30pm
Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 5:00pm

General admission – $75
All tickets include admission to the grounds of Wave Hill.

SOLD OUT – Unfortunately, tickets to all performances sold out during the presale period for On Site Opera’s Duet Donors and Wave Hill’s members. Tickets to our next production will be available soon.


Running time: Approximately 2 1/2 hours with intermission
Language: English, with projected titles on the On Site Opera mobile app.
The production will begin outside, where audiences will be asked to stand. Audiences will then be asked to walk to a second outdoor/standing location before moving inside to two locations where seating will be provided. The outdoor/standing portion will last approximately 30 minutes.

Photo: Jennifer Check as The Governess. Photo by Milestone Images.

Wave Hill Public Gardens, West 252nd Street, The Bronx, NY, USA


Since its founding in 1965, Wave Hill has evolved as a unique urban oasis, world-class garden and vital resource. Located in the northwest Bronx overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades and owned by the City of New York, Wave Hill is a must-see for garden enthusiasts and anyone seeking a serene, beautiful place to relax. Wave Hill House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, dates back to the mid-19th century. Through our thoughtfully stewarded landscape, curated gardens and innovative arts, nature and environmental education programs, Wave Hill fosters meaningful connections between people and nature, providing truly unique experiences that inspire, ignite learning and promote an improved quality of life. www.wavehill.org



Violin: Max Moston, Victoria Paterson
Viola: Philip Payton
Cello: Dave Eggar
Bass: Roger Wagner
Flute: Sato Moughalian
Oboe: Keve Wilson
Clarinet: Pascal Archer
Bassoon: Charles McCracken
Horn: Kyle Hoyt
Harp: Katie Andrews
Percussion: Clara Warnaar
Piano/Celeste: Jonathan Heaney


The On Site Opera mobile app is made possible by an OPERA America Innovation Grant, supported by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation. Supported by funding from the New York State Council on the Arts.


This production is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


The Turn of the Screw is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


Additional production support generously provided by


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  • Musically and theatrically, this “Turn of the Screw” started with a sense of unease, and steadily ratcheted up the tension.

    Wall Street Journal
  • The production was another win for the intrepid crew at On Site Opera — well sung and played by a small cast and chamber orchestra.

    New York Classical Review
  • It was one of those evenings that will be indelibly etched in our memory. It was Britten’s Turn of the Screw performed on the beautiful estate Wave Hill.

    Voce di Meche

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