Texas State Presents 'Turn of the Screw'

The Texas State University Opera Theater presents Benjamin Britten's "Turn of the Screw," a 20th century chamber opera performed in English with projected supertitles in both English and Spanish.

Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Oct, 19-21, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Oct. 22 in the Performing Arts Center Patti Strickel Harrison Theater, located at 405 Moon Street.

Based on Henry James' classic novella, Britten's "Turn of the Screw" is a true operatic ghost story perfect for the Halloween season.

Hired by a bachelor to take care of his orphaned niece and nephew, the Governess barely arrives at their country home before she starts seeing ghosts. When she confides in the maid, Mrs. Grose, she learns that the ghosts are former employees of the estate returning for vengeance.

The opera will be performed with a professional orchestra conducted by Kristin Roach. Interim Director of Opera Studies Dr. Josh Miller will be the producer and director.

"Britten is truly a master of chamber operas, which are works written for small casts and orchestras with one player on a part," Miller said. "This particular opera is unique in Britten's use of a theme and variation that is divided into 15 scenes, each acting as an expansion of the original 12-tone theme. The vocal writing and dramatic intent of this work is extremely difficult and I've been very impressed with the level of maturity that our singers here at Texas State have brought to the stage."

This event is open to the public and tickets may be purchased in advance online or at the box office beginning one hour before the show.

Fee-based parking is available in the Edward Gary Street Garage, located on the corner of Edward Gary Street and University Drive.

For ticket prices and additional information, visit www.txstatepresents.com or call 512-245-6500.

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