Opera at the castle

Tonight Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) open its new Opera Annex production of Benjamin Britten's haunting classic, The Turn of the Screw, at The Park Plaza Castle in Boston. BLO's inaugural Opera Annex represents part of the Company's new artistic vision, and will be the first opera ever performed in the historic Castle since it was built as an armory in the late nineteenth century.

The new production, which runs February 3, 5, and 6 at 7:30pm, welcomes internationally acclaimed soprano Rebecca Nash as Ms. Jessel in her American opera debut, and launches the 40th year in opera for the renowned mezzo-soprano, Joyce Castle, who will sing the role of Mrs. Grose.


"Boston Lyric Opera thanks the Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers for welcoming us into such an impressive space, and in doing so, for supporting our efforts to strengthen opera's presence in the Boston community." says Esther Nelson, BLO's General & Artistic Director. "We hope our Opera Annex productions attract new fans to opera and excite existing opera lovers about its presence in Boston."

Opera Annex is a new initiative developed by Ms. Nelson and her artistic and production team. It offers an opportunity to experience opera outside the traditional theatre environment by creating a production that reflects the unique characteristics of its particular performance space. The Castle's architectural style appropriately mirrors the setting of The Turn of the Screw, and will afford a unique and intimate connection between the audience, the singers, and the chamber orchestra. In addition, BLO will project a live video feed behind the singers of action in other areas of The Castle to offer an alternative perspective to the on-stage performance.

"The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers is excited about this new opportunity and partnership with Boston Lyric Opera. We are looking forward to welcoming this prestigious production; this is a historic first for the Park Plaza Castle, a national historic landmark which opened its doors in 1891," notes Stuart Meyerson, General Manager of the Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers.

BLO's New Opera Annex production of Britten's The Turn of the Screw

When: February 3, 5, 6, 2010. Approximate length is two hours 30 minutes (includes one 20 minute intermission). Sung in English.

Where: The Park Plaza Castle, 130 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

Tickets: Tickets are on sale now starting at $39 through BLO's Audience Services. BLO subscribers save 15%. Group discounts also available. Purchase online at blo.org or call Audience Services at 617.542.6772 Monday - Friday, 10am-5pm.
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What: A Governess arrives at a lonely English country house to care for two parentless children, but there is something terribly wrong. Wire-taught tension mounts as she gradually senses the truth--Evil has corrupted the children. Britten's chamber opera promises to glue the audience to their seats through this devastating story with riveting music.