March 01, 2011

LA Opera Comes to the Getty for a Day of Music, Art, and Literature

Join LA Opera Music Director James Conlon and Getty Curators and Educators for "Turns of the Screw: Haunting Visions in the Arts"

At the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center
Saturday, March 12, 2011

LOS ANGELES—Immerse yourself in ghost stories, obsessions and forbidden knowledge in Turns of the Screw: Haunting Visions in the Arts, a day of lectures, guided gallery discussions, and a voice and piano recital. James Conlon, Richard Seaver Music Director of LA Opera, joins Museum staff and guest scholars for an exploration of Benjamin Britten’s opera The Turn of the Screw, which runs March 12—30 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

This illuminating day-long event explores the opera in the context of Henry James’s ghost story and select objects from the Museum’s collection. It includes presentations by Mitchell Morris, associate professor in the Department of Ethnomusicology at UCLA and Scott Allan, assistant curator of paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum, followed by a gallery tour focused on mystical perceptions led by Museum educators Nancy Real, Anna Sapenuk, and William Zaluski. The day concludes with a recital featuring LA Opera pianist Nino Sanikidze and Domingo-Thornton Young Artists, soprano Janai Brugger-Orman and mezzo-soprano Tracy Cox.

Among the paintings in the Getty’s permanent collection to be discussed are James Ensor’s Christ’s Entry into Brussels in 1889 (1888), which suggests intriguing parallels between Ensor and the obsessed narrator of James’s Turn of the Screw.

Turns of the Screw: Haunting Visions in the Arts is offered Saturday, March 12, 2011, 10 am—4 pm, at the Museum Lecture Hall at the Getty Center. The course fee is $80; $65 for LA Opera members and students. A box lunch is included. For tickets, visit or call (310) 440-7300.

Image at top:"Christ’s Entry into Brussels in 1889," 1888 (Detail View). James Ensor (Belgian, 1860 1949). Oil on canvas. The J. Paul Getty Museum. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SABAM, Brussels."

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Julie Jaskol
Getty Communications
(310) 440-7607

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