Story? You took to Britten immediately but balked at Mozart and Verdi because of interruptions to the story??? Oh, wow! But the aria-free opera is purer theater, yes, so that does make sense. You may be right that the broadcast of The Turn of the Screw I heard was a recording, but I've got it in my head it was live. Perhaps the Chicago Lyric? Or San Francisco? WTAE in Pittsburgh used to broadcast occasional performances by both companies, on an irregular basis.