Meet the Cast of The Turn of the Screw

We are delighted to be presenting Benjamin Britten's brilliant psychological thriller to close our 2019 season. The Turn of the Screw is ideally suited to our intimate venue and we believe we have the potential to stage a definitive version of an opera.  Please read on to meet the four principals.

Andrew Dickinson  (Quint)

Andrew is part of the ensemble at Deutsche Oper Berlin, where he is securing increasingly major roles.  After his success at Bury Court in 2013 as Lensky in Eugene Onegin and Tom Rakewell in The Rake's Progress in 2015 ('Harrowingly convincing...' Opera Magazine) we were delighted when Deutsche Opera agreed to release Andrew from his Berlin commitments for a few weeks to for this production.  Recent roles for Deutsche Oper have included Truffaldino in Prokofiev's The Love of Three Oranges, Jonas in Meyerbeer's Le Prophete and Beppe in I Pagliacci. 

To see Andrew in action as Truffaldino, please copy and paste this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebYgxy0ysw4&feature=youtu.be

Andrew is pictured right as Lenski in Eugene Onegin (2013)


Alison Rose  (Governess) (pictured centre)

Alison Rose  is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and was a National Opera Studio Young Artist for the 2015/16 season.  She was the winner of the 2015 Maggie Teyte Prize and a 2017 Leonard Ingrams Award.  Operatic roles to date have included Barbarina, Le nozze di Figaro (Garsington Festival Opera), Vixen, The Cunning Little Vixen (Grimeborn Festival / Arcola Theatre), Frasquita, Carmen (understudy for Glyndebourne Festival Opera); Lady in Waiting, Gloriana (St Endellion Festival).  Bury Court Opera believes she has a great future ahead of her. 

Daisy Brown (Miss Jessel) (pictured right)

Another soprano with a great future ahead of her is Daisy Brown. Daisy studied at Trinity Laban and has already appeared at Opera Holland Park, Opera North and the Buxton Festival.  During her studies at Trinity Laban‚ she was awarded the Eva Malpass Scholarship and the City Livery Club Music Section prize. She was a Finalist in the Thelma King awards‚ and a Semi-Finalist in the Handel Festival Singing Competition.  Some of you may recently have seen her this summer as a charming Blonde in John Copley’s The Abduction from the Seraglio for The Grange Festival, for which she received universally complimentary reviews.


Emily Gray (Mrs Grose) (pictured second row)

Emily achieved success at an early age as BBC Radio 2 Choir Girl of the Year.  However while a pupil at the renowned Chetham's School of Music she fell out of love with the stage and did not sing for ten years, becoming a legal secretary.  A chance encounter with Linda Hirst, the then head of the vocal department at Trinity Laban led to her pursuing a career as a professional singer. She studied at Trinity Laban only graduating in 2017. While  there she took leading roles in two operas -  creating the role of Madge in Stephen McNeff's Banished with Jessica Cottis, and singing Ottavia in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea conducted by Nicolas Kraemer.  Both performances saw Emily singled out in the national Press as 'one to watch'.  Fiona Maddocks wrote in the Guardian and Observer  that Emily was a performer who "stood out as already knowing how to use her dramatic and vocal skills to the utmost."