IlluminArts and Vizcaya present
The Turn of the Screw

Presented by IlluminArts and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

October 28 and 31, 2021

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Sold out audiences saw Vizcaya in a new light as IlluminArts presented its first chamber opera, Benjamin Britten’s gothic masterpiece, The Turn of the Screw. The Courtyard of the Main House was transformed in this unique multimedia experience that drew the audience into the opera’s chilling plot.


The Turn of the Screw tells the ghostly story of an old mansion with expansive gardens and the secrets behind the lives lived there. Designed and directed by Laine Rettmer, this site-specific production wove together live video, projections and historical photographs that intertwined the opera’s plot with the intrigue of the lives lived at Vizcaya.


Past New World Symphony fellow and Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic, Joshua Gersen conducted the musicians of Nu Deco Ensemble and a stellar cast led by 2019 GRAMMY award winner Karim Sulayman as Peter Quint. Luminous soprano Christine Lyons shone as the Governess with Jaye Simmons, former National YoungArts finalist, in the role of Flora. Male soprano Elijah McCormack sang the role of Miles, Katherine Pracht was exemplary as Miss Jessel, and Michelle Trainor rounded out this world-class cast as Mrs. Grose.

Special thanks to our presenting partner:

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