Baylor Opera Presents "The Turn of the Screw"

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Nov. 1, 2013

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WACO, Texas (Nov. 1, 2013) - The Baylor Opera Theatre appreciates a good ghost story, even after Halloween has come and gone. The company will present performances of Benjamin Britten's ghostly tale "The Turn of the Screw" at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 and 5 and 3 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Jones Theatre of Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center, 60 Baylor Ave.

Regarded by many as one of Britten's finest works, "The Turn of the Screw" is the tale of a governess who wrestles with two ghosts she believes are corrupting the children in her care. Themes include good versus evil, natural versus supernatural and possession and exorcism.

The opera features students from the vocal division of the Baylor School of Music accompanied by a 13-piece chamber group from the Baylor Symphony Orchestra, all under the musical direction of Jeffrey Peterson, an assistant professor of voice at Baylor. Stage direction will be given by Octavio Cárdenas, assistant professor of ensembles and director of Baylor Opera.

Reserved tickets are $15 and are on sale at For ticket information, call the Baylor theatre box office at (254) 710-1865.

by Kristen Bennett, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.


The Baylor University School of Music provides transformational experiences that prepare students for careers in music. Our students thrive in a Christian environment characterized by a nurturing resident faculty, an unwavering pursuit of musical excellence, a global perspective, dedication to service, and devotion to faith. They investigate the rich musical and cultural heritage of the past, develop superior musical skills and knowledge in the present, and explore and create new modes of musical expression for the future. While preparing for future leadership roles, the students join with School of Music faculty in enhancing the quality of community life, enriching the larger culture, and making Baylor a place in which heart, mind and soul coalesce. The School of Music of Baylor University is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music and the Texas Association of Music Schools. Degree programs leading to the bachelor of music education degree conform to certification requirements of the Texas Education Agency.

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