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Benjamin Britten’S Opera, “the Turn of the Screw”

17601. Benjamin Britten’S Opera, “the Turn of the Screw”

This paper provides a review of Britten’s opera (first premiering in Venice in 1954) which was based on Henry James’s story of the same name, first published in 1898. Describes the opera and its faithfulness to James’ original story, noting critical differences. Considers how Britten makes use of musical elements to express emotions and characterization in the opera. Argues that “The Turn of the Screw” demonstrates Britten’s brilliance as an operatic composer and concludes that notwithstanding certain differences from the original story, Britten’s work does an excellent job of capturing the haunting mood of Henry James’ story. KEYWORDS: opera review britten henry james turn of the screw. MLA Style. 8 pages, 20 footnotes, 8 bibliographic sources. 1,896 words.

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