OperaGlass Works is set to premiere a brand new video production of Britten’s “The Turn of the Screw” on Jan. 30, 2021.
The showcase, which was filmed at Wilton’s Music Hall, will be streamed exclusively on Marquee.tv. The production was set to premiere at Wilton’s Music Hall back in March 2020, but the production had to be canceled due to the spread of COVID-19.
The Britten chamber opera will be conducted by John Wilson and performed by the Sinfonia of London, which recorded at Cadogan Hall. Soloists include Robert Murray as Quint and the Prologue, Rhian Lois as the Governess, Gweneth Ann Rand as Mrs. Grose, Francesca Chiejina as Miss Jessel, Alys Mererid Roberts as Flora, and Leo Jemison as Miles.
“With COVID restrictions on numbers and social distancing, the challenge was to find the most organic way to film and record in an environment where singers and musicians could not be together,” said Eliza Thompson, Director and Co-Founder of OperaGlass Works, in a press release. “The most important thing for us was to film the singers live as they performed in the theatre. The pianist played the accompaniment through an earpiece as they sang. John kept the beat in their ear, creating what we call a live click track, as it were, conducting them remotely – hidden behind a curtain. We were adapting and learning on our feet – none of us had done this exact thing before.”