The season opened with a powerful yet intimate production of the haunting thriller The Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten, on October 30 and November 1, 2015.
This production garnered praise nationally as well as locally, with strongly positive reviews in Opera News as well as The Register-Guard and Eugene Art Talk.
“Michael Sakir’s conducting was cohesive, brisk and clear, much like Britten’s on his recording. The Soreng acoustic, neither particularly resonant nor dry, sounded satisfactory and true from rear orchestra level…. Tenor Brendan Tuohy, singing superbly as the Prologue and Peter Quint, was the vocal standout…. Soprano Laura Wayte, phrasing and inflecting eloquently…., was a sympathetic, sane Governess. Hard-to-cast Miles was sung by college-undergrad soprano Carolyn Quick, whose pure timbre was such that anyone blindfolded would have taken her for a precocious boy treble. Soprano Emily Way, not much older, was a lovely, lively, girlish Flora of well-focused tone. Tess Altiveros lavished a ripe, sensual lyric soprano on Miss Jessel. Mezzo Beth Madsen Bradford’s formidable Mrs. Grose was powerfully…voiced. This was canny casting: none of the women could have been mistaken for another…. For the final face-off among the Governess, Miles and Quint, there was utter silence from a gripped audience.” — Mark Mandel, Opera News. Read more
“Eugene Opera opened its new and unprecedentedly full season with a rich, basic performance of English composer Benjamin Britten’s 1954 opera version of the creepy James ghost story…. it’s a great, haunted and intriguing show.” — Bob Keefer, Eugene Art Talk. Read more
“Tenor Brendan Tuohy sang an exceptionally terrifying and oppressive Peter Quint. His magnificent voice paired with the dynamics between both Carolyn Quick’s haunting Miles and Tess Altiveros’ passionate Miss Jessen proved to be as engaging as it was disturbing. Local soprano Laura Wayte impressed her Eugene audience yet again with her captivating performance as The Governess…. Beth Madsen Bradford as Mrs. Grose added a depth to the role not often seen…. Emily Way’s Flora was very well portrayed…. The orchestra, led by guest conductor Michael Sakir, was a true delight…. this is a performance that will be discussed for years to come” — Alison Kaufman, The Register-Guard.
Click the video below for excerpts from the dress rehearsal.