The Turn of the Screw

Seeing a live opera is supposed to be an emotional experience, but terror is rarely the emotion the cast is going for. The Turn of the Screw, presented by the Houston Grand Opera as part of a series of works by composer Benjamin Britten, is one such show. Based on the creepy, classic novella by Henry James (which Britten adapted in 1954), the story is about a governess (seasoned soprano Amanda Roocroft) who arrives at an English estate to care for two children. Soon, she begins seeing apparitions of the former governess and her lover, who both died mysteriously. The pair also held a great deal of influence over the children, an influence that seems to be continuing. As the spirits begin to appear more and more frequently, the children behave more erratically, and the governess is left to try desperately to prevent them from being lured into a haunted unknown. 7:30 p.m. January 29, February 6, 10, and 13, 2 p.m. February 7. Through February 13. Wortham Center, 500 Texas. For information, call 713-228-6737 or visit www.houstongrandopera.org. $23 to $226.
Fri., Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 7, 2 p.m.; Wed., Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m., 2010
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Julia Ramey