Britten and Ghosts: Exploring Britten’s Supernatural Operas

Just before Halloween, join Britten Pears Arts for a chance to learn more about two of Britten’s most spooky operas: The Turn of the Screw and Owen Wingrave.

In small groups, you’ll be led on a tour of the Archive and House with special displays, a themed talk and the premiere of a specially commissioned short musical film.

Tales of ghosts and other ‘hauntings’ appear time and again in Britten’s works. Two operas, The Turn of the Screw and Owen Wingrave, take place in house which cannot let go of the past, and are maybe inhabited by ghosts. Other operas explore how past events can ‘haunt’ the present. Find out more about this fascinating aspect of Britten’s work in an atmospheric tour of the Archive and Red House, including talks on Britten’s attraction to the supernatural, how he creates a musical ‘haunted house’, and the screening of a specially-commissioned musical film on a ghostly theme featuring a group from our Young Artists Programme.

The event will take place in the Archive and The Red House. It will be dark so the site will be lit and additional lighting will be provided if necessary.

Please note that the capacity for this event is limited.


Image: Original set designs for Britten’s Owen Wingrave, David Myerscough-Jones, 1970

David Myerscough-Jones Association ©


Time: 5:00pm & 6:30pm

Duration: Approximately 60 minutes

Price: £10, Under 30's half price


Event name:
Britten and Ghosts: Exploring Britten’s Supernatural Operas
Price:
£10, Under 30's half price
Opening Hours:
One off