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The Turn of the Screw

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Behind the mask. Between these walls. The Innenraum. 

The first production of our 2023 season, Britten's haunting The Turn of the Screw premiered in 1954, an adaptation of the novella of the same name by Henry James. An intimate opera for six singers and a chamber orchestra, we are drawn into an evocative and harrowing interior realm, where nothing is quite as it may appear.


The Turn of the Screw

an opera in two Acts and a Prologue by

Benjamin Britten

to a libretto by 

Myfanwy Piper

based on the short story by

Henry James


Pitt Street Uniting Church, 264 Pitt St, Sydney

(Corner of Pitt and Park Streets, ~2 minutes' walk from Town Hall station). 


July 8 | 7.30PM 

July 9 | 5PM


Conductor  -  Joanna Drimatis

Director     -  Bec Moret

The Governess - Samanta Lestavel

Miles - Sarah Cherlin

Flora - Tharushi Mitiyamulle

Mrs. Grose - Ella Orehek-Coddington

Quint/The Prologue - Joshua Oxley

Miss Jessel - Joanna Dionis Ross

The Turn of the Screw will be performed with chamber instrumental ensemble. 

Information to note

Pay-as-you-feel admission, online or at the door. We will have cash donation options at the door.

We encourage you to book in advance. Doors will open 15 minutes prior to the performance, and seating is unreserved.

All profits from this production will go to organisations working to support victims of childhood sexual abuse.

Please note that this production contains adult themes, and is not intended for audiences under 15 years of age. We encourage you to contact us at for further information or with any concerns, and we will assist however possible.

This production is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

These performances of The Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten with Libretto by Myfanwy Piper, after a story by Henry James are given by permission of Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, exclusive agents for Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd of London.

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