The Rape of Lucretia

Music, Classical and opera Carriageworks , Eveleigh Until Saturday August 26 2017
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The Rape of Lucretia
Photograph: Samuel Hodge

Sydney Chamber Opera present a new production of Benjamin Britten’s lyrical chamber opera, directed by Kip Williams and starring Opera Australia’s Anna Dowsley

This 1946 chamber opera (the first of Britten's work in the pared back genre) is a tough pill to swallow, though it has moments of lyrical beauty.

Taking inspiration from an episode of Ancient Roman history that has acquired near-mythic status (over centuries of reproduction in art, literature, theatre and music) The Rape of Lucretia gives an account of how the 'virtuous' wife of Roman general Lucius Tarquinius Collatinus is raped by his ally, the Etruscan prince Sextus Tarquinius. In the real world, it's an incident that led to the founding of the overthrow of the monarchy and the establishment of a Roman Republic. Britten's opera concludes with Lucretia's suicide followed by a hymn about forgiveness.

Kip Williams directs; Opera Australia soprano Anna Dowsley sings Lucretia, alongside Nathan Lay, Celeste Lazarenko, Andrew Goodwin, Jeremy Kleeman, Simon Lobelson, Jane Sheldon, and Jessica O'Donoghue.

Venue name: Carriageworks
Address: 245 Wilson St
Price: $35
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