A guide to Benjamin Britten’s intense opera The Turn of the Screw. Piper began sending draft copies of the libretto in early and by this time Britten was. Benjamin Britten- The Turn of a Screw (libretto) – Download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online. Benjamin Britten- The Turn of a Screw (libretto). Some of the oldest passages in the libretto of Benjamin Britten’s opera The Turn of the Screw are the Latin bits – the most cryptic parts of what is.

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And it would seem that only the trusties, Britten’s classics-educated friends, had ears to hear that. She realises that the boy is dead. Clunis is anus, arsehole its plural, clunes, means buttocks. The Stratford Festival Story1st edition. Who will greet me?

Turn of the screw Libretto

The Governess confronts Miles alone. Panis, piscis, postis, mensis, Torris, unguis and canalis, Vectis, vermis, and natalis, Sanguis, pulvis, cucumis, Lapis, casses, manes, glis.

That’s right, my darling. Beware, beware of her! Why did you come here? Clunis my arse, you might say.


You’re so good to them. The Governess realizes she has lost Flora. Where are you, you two?

What is startling is that these passages have never been properly decrypted in the whole course of the Britten Screw’s history. The allusiveness, just safe librettoo, was cannily endorsed by Britten.

Believing the ghosts may not yet have the upper hand, the Governess changes her mind, deciding to stay at Bly House after all.

You must write to their uncle. O tkrn to me, come! More recently “The Others” starring Nicole Kidman took yet another stab at reinventing similar themes, with a rather cunning twist added. You little unhappy thing!

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They walk in like choir boys. Miles is reciting Latin with help from Flora and the Governess. Miss Flora out of bed! Flora curtseys, Miles bows. They argue about who harmed whom first when they were alive, and accuse one another of not acting quickly enough to possess the children.

You’ll see soon enough. And now she hates me! Yeats ‘ poem “The Brtiten Coming”: During his Latin lesson Miles sings a rhyming clutch of masculine Latin nouns: The Governess tries to force Flora to admit that the apparition is there, but Flora denies seeing anything and hurls invective at the Governess.


But she is troubled by footsteps she has heard outside her door and cries in the night. Lost in my labyrinth which way shall I turn? The Governess is in travelling dress.

Grose’s cradle – Mrs. His look was sharp, fixed and strange. Who do you wait for, watch for? The Innocents play The Turn of the Screw opera. She stops him suddenly. I say, what are you waiting for? Is this sheltered place the wicked world where things unspoken of can be? There, there, dearie, we’ll get home as fast as we can. The Governess feels betrayed by Libreto.

Ask, for I answer all. At last you have forsaken me. He instructed her to follow three rbitten The Governess looks about for a moment, picks up a pair of gloves and is about to go out when she looks up and sees Quint appear suddenly in the window.

I know nothing of evil, yet I feel it, I fear it, worse – imagine it.