THE TURN OF THE SCREW - NEW ZEALAND OPERA 2019

THE OPERA HOUSE, WELLINGTON 

Anna Leese as Governess
Anna Leese as Governess

New Zealand Opera 2019 photo by Reuben Raj

Alexandros Swallow & Anna Leese
Alexandros Swallow & Anna Leese

New Zealand Opera 2019 photo by Marty Melville

Jared Holt as Peter Quint
Jared Holt as Peter Quint

New Zealand Opera 2019 photo by Reuben Raj

The Turn of the Screw
The Turn of the Screw

New Zealand Opera 2019 photo by Marty Melville

The Turn of the Screw
The Turn of the Screw

New Zealand Opera 2019 photo by Marty Melville

Alexa Harwood as Flora
Alexa Harwood as Flora

New Zealand Opera 2019 photo by Marty Melville

Madeleine Pierard & Jared Holt
Madeleine Pierard & Jared Holt

New Zealand Opera 2019 photo by Marty Melville

The Turn of the Screw
The Turn of the Screw

New Zealand Opera 2019 photo by Marty Melville

Anna Leese as Governess
Anna Leese as Governess

New Zealand Opera 2019 photo by Marty Melville

The Turn of the Screw
The Turn of the Screw

New Zealand Opera 2019 photo by Marty Melville

COMPOSER

Benjamin Britten

CONDUCTOR

Holly Mathieson

DIRECTOR

Thomas de Mallet Burgess
 

PRODUCTION DESIGNER

Tracy Grant Lord

 

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Matthew Marshall

"One of the strongest aspects of this production is the set design by Tracey Grant Lord and lighting design by Matthew Marshall"

Claire Martin, radio13.co.nz

“A clever and creative lighting design plays off it all”

Sophie, wellingtonista.com

“Visually, not only is the set exceptional, it is also used fantastically well, with immense depth and clever use of shadow-play. But perhaps the star of the show is the lighting. In such a dark, menacing piece, the right lighting is essential, and here designer Matthew Marshall comes up trumps. Whether it’s the fine lines along the skew-whiff frames, the eerie lights on the dolls’ house, the effects that make characters look like they’re underwater, or the final, unrelenting focus on the Governess’s face, the lighting is (pardon the pun) spot on, and a vital part of a production whose restless energy and macabre tension make it a genuine tour de force.”

Max Rashbrooke, scoop.co.nz

“The lighting is nuanced and emotional.”

Sophie, wellingtonista.com

“NZO’s The Turn Of The Screw by Benjamin Britten at Wellington’s Opera House had a perfect cast, was perfectly performed and sung, and had a unsettling set, galvanic lighting and a ghostly, ghastly, uneasy, psychological drama. In short – a fabulous, compelling production.”

Stephen Gibbs, dmsreviewblog

“When Quint and Miss Jessel burst onto the high ground of the symbolic family bedstead they command the stage and the world in a fearsome manner. They both sing with strength and subtlety and are banality made evil. But they are not of the present and do they really exist? (Mr Marshall’s clever lighting underlines the stark nature of what comes at us from upstage while the front-lighting is diffuse and ambiguous so ‘reality’ is always a moot point.)”

Dave Smith, theatrereview.org.nz