January 4, 2013

NEC Opera Presents Benjamin Britten’s Turn of the Screw, Feb. 2—5 at Cutler Majestic Theatre

Douglas Kinney Frost Conducts; Joshua Major Directs

The children are innocent, unless they’re corrupt.
The governess is independent. The governess is trapped.
There’s a ghost. Or two. Maybe.
The only thing certain about Britten’s chamber masterpiece is its haunting beauty.
As for the rest, what do you think happened?

In a season when dramas set in English manor houses are the hot trend, NEC is presenting an opera in which eerie things happen in one of those stately homes. Benjamin Britten’s Turn of the Screw is a brilliant and creepy setting of Henry James’ famous ghost story. The enigmatic characters and plot are masterfully sewn together as a theme and variations with intensely atmospheric coloring that underscores the haunting story.  The production takes place Feb. 2—5 at the Cutler Majestic Theatre.

Douglas Kinney Frost, director of Music for Syracuse Opera, will conduct and Joshua Major, NEC Chair of Opera Studies, will direct the all-student cast and orchestra. Cameron Anderson will be the scenic designer.

Performances are: Feb. 2, 4, 5 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 3 at 3 p.m. in the Cutler Majestic Theatre, located at 219 Tremont St. Boston. Tickets are: $20, $16 for students/seniors, 2 for 1 with WGBH Member ID. To purchase, contact the Cutler box office or call 617-824-8000.  Click here for the opera's website.

Biography of the conductor

Douglas Kinney Frost, Director of Music at Syracuse Opera, has conducted orchestras and opera productions throughout the world. Highlights include performances with Teatro Colon, Russian Federal Orchestra in Moscow, National Orchestra of Korea, Orquestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Utah Symphony and Opera, Bellas Artes, Grand Teton Music Festival, Kharkov Philharmonic, Florida Grand Opera, and Virginia Symphony. A leader in the training of young opera singers and conductors, he has guest conducted and taught at many universities and conservatories, including the Boston premiere of Little Women at New England Conservatory, and he was the first guest conductor of opera in the history of the University of Michigan. He has held an eight-year affiliation with the Conductors Retreat at Medomak; and in addition to creating a resident artists program for Syracuse Opera, he has been a key participant in shaping opera young artist programs at Florida Grand Opera, Utah Opera, and Virginia Opera. His education shows are performed across the country, and have been seen for years on PBS. He has a reputation for creative audience development initiatives, and has served on national panels for OPERA America, League of American Orchestras, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as state and local arts councils.

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Recognized nationally and internationally as a leader among music schools, New England Conservatory in Boston, MA offers rigorous training in an intimate, nurturing community to 720 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral music students from around the world.  Its faculty of 225 boasts internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars.  Its alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide.  Nearly half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is composed of NEC trained musicians and faculty.

The oldest independent school of music in the United States, NEC was founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee. Its curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and traditions.  On the college level, it features training in classical, jazz, contemporary improvisation, world and early music. Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Programs and Partnerships Program, it provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, adults, and seniors.  Through its outreach projects, it allows young musicians to engage with non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes—thereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging the universe for classical music, jazz, and contemporary improvisation.

NEC presents more than 900 free concerts each year, many of them in Jordan Hall, its world- renowned, century-old, beautifully restored concert hall.  These programs range from solo recitals to chamber music to orchestral programs to jazz, contemporary improvisation, and opera scenes.  Every year, NEC’s opera studies department also presents two fully staged opera productions at the Cutler Majestic Theatre or Paramount Theatre in Boston.

NEC is co-founder and educational partner of From the Top, a weekly radio program that celebrates outstanding young classical musicians from the entire country. With its broadcast home in Jordan Hall, the show is now carried by National Public Radio and is heard on 250 stations throughout the United States.

Contact: Ellen Pfeifer
Senior Communications Specialist
New England Conservatory
290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115