Thursday, January 27, 2011

LA Opera TALK: Turn of the Screw

SUNDAY, February 20th 2:00 p.m. – LARRY VERDUGO, one of L.A. Opera’s dynamic community educators, will present a free audio-visual presentation on Benjamin Britten’s Turn of the Screw, part of the very popular OPERA TALK series at Crowell Public Library. Background on Britten and his times will be presented, and excerpts will entice one and all into experiencing the full production at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion downtown, where Britten's mesmerizing score brings an unforgettable Henry James classic to the opera stage. This compelling production perfectly captures the work's supernatural atmosphere and features soprano Patricia Racette as the Governess, who is determined to protect two small children from menacing spirits. Tenor William Burden and mezzo-soprano Ann Murray makes their Company debuts, respectively as the ghostly Peter Quint and the housekeeper, Mrs. Grose. Whether a hardcore opera aficionado or a curious novice, attendees will be delightfully entertained and encouraged to ask questions and offer comments. Make Crowell Library your LA Opera gateway!