The Rape Of Lucretia

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The Rape of Lucretia, Op. 37 by Benjamin Britten
Special Semi-Staged Opera Event - one night only!

Joel Ivany, Artistic Director
Anna Theodosakis, Director
Topher Mokrzewski, Music Director
Emma Char (Lucretia)
Owen McCausland (Male Chorus)
Chelsea Rus (Female Chorus)
Ellen McAteer (Lucia)
Iain MacNeil (Tarquinius)
Jasper Leever (Collatinus)
Peter Rolfe Dauz (Junius)
Beste Kalender (Bianca)

The Festival presents a rare opportunity to hear the first of Benjamin Britten’s ‘chamber’ operas, one of his marvelous stage works that are modest in physical scale but offer tremendous emotional depth and multi-faceted creativity. He composed The Rape of Lucretia (1946) shortly after his first grand opera, Peter Grimes, had been launched on its successful international career. In Lucretia, he sought the greater musical clarity of what he called “a Mozartean ensemble…and looked forward to tackling the problems of obtaining a full musical effect with fewer instruments.” He ingeniously used his modest forces – a cast of eight and an orchestra of 13 – to tell a gripping story that’s as timely as today’s headlines. Set in the morally corrupt Rome of 500 B. C., it centres on Lucretia, the wife of a Roman general. Feeling ashamed after being raped by the king’s son, she commits suicide. With the full participation of the provocative stage company, Against the Grain Theatre – hailed by Alexander Neef, General Director of the Canadian Opera Company as “the future of opera” – this is bound to be a thought-provoking production of this remarkable work.

Produced at the Banff Centre in collaboration with Against the Grain Theatre, Canadian Opera Company, and Toronto Summer Music.
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By: Toronto Summer Music Festival

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