Happy Hallowe'en, Miles... Borley Rectory, Essex, England, known as "the most haunted house in England."

Happy Hallowe'en, Miles...

Jenna Simeonov

Happy Hallowe’en, readers! Time for some spooky opera.

I’m always looking for an excuse for more Benjamin Britten, and October 31st is a great time to revisit his notoriously creepy opera based on Henry James’ novella, The Turn of the Screw. It’s got ghosts, troubled kids, maybe a haunted house, maybe some mental illness, and the general eeriness of what I imagine is a damp, foggy English countryside. I saw it first at Oberlin College, and my walk home included going straight through a park after a storm, with tall trees and too many shadows. I’ve always loved mind-&@$# entertainment, and this one’s by Britten. So, enough said.

I love this production by Argentinian director Valentina Carrasco, put up in 2014 at Opéra de Lyon.


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