Magazine article Opera Canada

Portland

Magazine article Opera Canada

Portland

Article excerpt

Portland Opera ventured into the grim psychological territory of Benjamin Britten's Turn of the Screw with much success in February. An exceptional cast, led by soprano Brenda Harris as the Governess, captured the haunted and emotional turmoil with incisive singing and acting. Director Nicholas Muni marvellously left the story in its labyrinth of ambiguity.

When showing resolve and courage, Harris sang with flinty determination and a clarion projection. When collapsing in anguish and frustration, her voice had a soft, melting quality that was perfect. Judith Forst, as Mrs. Grose, created the overwhelmed housekeeper brilliantly in riveting voice. As Flora, soprano Joelle Harvey could be charming and innocent one moment, devious the next. The scene in which she vengefully rebuked the Governess was stunning.

Tenor Ryan MacPherson was a convincingly evil presence as Quint, his voice dripping with all sorts of succulent sounds to lure Miles to his doom. …

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