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Nazan Fikret as Flora and Jonathan Darbourne as Miles in the Broomhill Opera 2000 production of Britten's 'The Turn of the Screw'. Photo (c) 2000 Topham/Haynes

Wilton's arched recesses came into their own with Elijah Moshinsky's production of The Turn of the Screw -- the second time Broomhill has staged this opera (they did it highly successfully four years ago in Kent). But this gripping new production, played almost in the round, with disregard for proscenium, a central walkway and use of the upstairs gallery, trod exciting new ground. So skilled was the use designer Philip Witcomb's hinged, mirroring screen made of the reflected rear recesses that an entire Bly -- the sinister house, akin to Jane Eyre's Thornfield Hall and Daphne du Maurier's Manderley, in which the curious emotional entwining between children and ghosts occurs in Henry James's novella -- was recreated in front of our eyes. Quint (the young American tenor Shawn Bartels) didn't even have to intone from Bly's battlements : he simply declaimed from the west gallery, and the reflections did the rest.

Jonathan Darbourne as Miles in the Broomhill Opera 2000 production of Britten's 'The Turn of the Screw'. Photo (c) 2000 Topham/Haynes

 

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Copyright © 23 December 2000 Roderic Dunnett, Coventry, UK

 

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