In 1947 the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky saw those etchings, in an exhibition in Chicago, and within four years a new opera was born. His similarly entitled The Rake's Progress, with a libretto by WH Auden and Chester Kallman, charts the desolate life of Tom Rakewell, from his early inheritance through debauchery, crime, marriage, gambling, prison and incarceration as a lunatic in Bedlam.
First performed at La Fenice opera house in Venice in 1951, The Rake's Progress is given a rare London staging at Wilton's Music Hall by a brand new company with several distinguished names on board, OperaGlassWorks. This innovative company values the story-telling as highly as the music, and this production grew out of a workshop that the actor Selina Cadell led at the National Theatre, exploring the relationship of Auden’s libretto to Stravinsky’s music.
Cadell formed OperaGlassWorks with Eliza Thompson, a dramaturg – an expert on the background, context and dramatic drive of an opera. The company of directors, designers, singers, actors and
musicians pride themselves on communicating directly to their audience.
The inestimable and versatile orchestra Southbank Sinfonia will be conducted by Laurence Cummings, artistic director of the London Handel Festival since 1999.
Wilton's appealed for its small scale, in line with the ways of the 18th century, a time when theatre and opera had great immediacy, sharing the
same light with the audience, and the performers talking and singing directly to
those watching. Which means the audience, in turn,
becomes complicit in the plot....
Renowned tenor Robert Murray plays the rackety Tom Rakewell, with Susanna Hurrell as his intended bride. The set is by Tom Piper.
Funny, licentious, satirical and saucy, The Rake's Progress promises to be a very naughty night indeed.
|What||The Rake's Progress, Wilton's Music Hall|
Wilton's Music Hall
1 Graces Alley, London, E1 8JB | MAP
|Nearest tube||Tower Hill (underground)|
17 Nov 17 – 25 Nov 17, 7:30 PM – 10:15 PM
|Price||£15 - £25|
|Website||Click here for more information and booking|