Sarah Tuttle ’13 stars in Benjamin Britten's "The Turn of the Screw"





An Opera Double Bill to take place in Bard’s Fischer Center

March 14th & 16th

Soprano Sarah Tuttle is an exciting and dedicated performer, with repertoire spanning from the baroque to the contemporary, from opera to jazz. A recent graduate of Gettysburg College and the Sunderman Conservatory of Music, Sarah appeared regularly with the Gettysburg College Jazz Ensemble, and was a frequent soloist in choral performances. On the opera stage appeared as Belinda in the student production of Dido and Aeneas, and as Geraldine in Barber’s A Hand of Bridge. Ms Tuttle is now in her first year with the Bard Graduate Vocal Arts Program in Annandale on Hudson, New York, and in March will be performing the role of the Governess in Benjamin Britten’s dark and mysterious opera, The Turn of the Screw, at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Arts. The double bill features two professionally staged operas, including the world premiere of Payne Hollow by Shawn Jaeger, conducted by Carl Christian Bettendorf; and The Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten, conducted by James Bagwell. The production is directed by Nicholas Muni and features the talented singers of the Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program and the musicians of the Conservatory Orchestra.

Britten’s chamber opera The Turn of the Screw is the retelling of the classic Henry James story: a young governess travels to an isolated country house to watch over two young children, seemingly haunted by bad memories...perhaps powerful enough to conjure up the dead. The ambiguity and mystery of the of the story is enhanced by director Nic Muni’s powerful and intriguing production design, and by the tonal ambiguity and selective dissonance present in Britten’s composition. The composer’s inclusion of children’s songs throughout creates a sensationally disturbing work, constantly bringing into question the innocence and sanity of the different characters.

Evening and matinée performances of these operas will take place in the Sosnoff Theater of the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, March 14, at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, March 16, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15, $25, $35, and $100, the last of which includes premium seating and an invitation to a special champagne reception with the artists following the Sunday performance. To purchase tickets, please call the Fisher Center box office (845-758-7900) or visit the website at All ticket sales benefit the Conservatory’s scholarship fund.

The Bard College Conservatory of Music Graduate Vocal Arts Program is a unique master of music program in vocal performance. Conceived, designed and led by renowned American soprano Dawn Upshaw, the program was created to prepare the young singer to meet the special challenges of pursuing a professional career in music in the 21st century. This two-year master of music degree balances a respect for established repertory and expressive techniques with the flexibility and curiosity needed to keep abreast of evolving musical ideas. Students work on art song, chamber music, new music and operatic repertoire throughout the coursework of the program. Operatic repertoire is studied and performed throughout the curriculum and, in alternate years, in a fully staged production at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. The program also includes a strong practical component with seminars and classes on career skills led by some of the leading figures in arts management and administration.

Recognized as one of the finest conservatories in the United States, The Bard College Conservatory of Music, founded in 2005, is guided by the principle that musicians should be broadly educated in the liberal arts and sciences to achieve their greatest potential. All undergraduates complete two degrees over a five-year period, a bachelor of music and a bachelor of arts in a field other than music.