Not a good opera? I just don't even know where you are coming from on this one, Cassox. Time to return to the Monastery methinks!! - SEBASTIAN PETIT
23 Oct 09
This is a rather lovely revival. It is a sumptuous feast for the eyes even though the stage is barren for most of the work. The performances are unanimously good (especialy Charlie Manton and Nazan Fikret as Miles and Flora) but i cant help thinking that they could have been pushed further to really get to the heart of 'Turn of the Screw' as a chilling experience rather than one which told the story well... if that makes any sense.
The one thing this production does show up however, is that maybe 'Turn of the Screw' isn't actualy a very good opera. Musicaly it's sublime, but dramaticaly it falls on it's arse. I kept thinking that something was missing from the production.. but all the componants were there: The moody lighting, the haunting beauty, the suggestion of child abuse, the idea of ghosts.. however there was no drama, and how far can a production like this go without there being a driving force behind it given to us by the opera itself. - Cassox
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