The storyline of the opera is based on roman history: lucretia, wife of roman nobleman tarquinia collatina, committed suicide after being raped by the son of the last roman king of etruscan origin the story carries weighty human and moral messages it is a piece which can satisfy the audience. Britten's eight-hand chamber opera the rape of lucretia, written a year after the success of his 1945 hit peter grimes, retells the lucretia myth with the work framed and narrated by one male nathan lay, jessica o'donoghue, andrew goodwin in sydney chamber opera's the rape of lucretia. Britten: the rape of lucretia rice, royal clayton, rock, rose london philharmonic orchestra, hussain the legend of lucretia has its roots in livy's history of rome, where the rape of this virtuous roman noblewoman by the etruscan prince tarquinius is said to have prompted the.
Opera writer: benjamin britten synopsis the rape of lucretia revolves around a bet made between three roman officers, collatinus, junius as it turns out, only lucretia, the wife of collatinus remains true to her man in a jealous rage, prince tarquinius rides back to rome and rapes lucretia. With ancient rome as a backdrop, composer benjamin britten's chamber opera chronicles the undoing of the virginal lucretia at the hands of tarquinius stars kathryn harries, anthony rolfe johnson, russell smythe and jean rigby imbue the lead roles with fervor and suspense while the. The rape of lucretia (tarquinius) o dr faust abroad i shall not go the past, so they say, is a foreign country and abroad equally so and although i am loathe to i've taken an oath to cure people like you who think spqr stands for `sense prevents the queen's removal' the rape of lucretia. Britten, benjamin the rape of lucretia (1946, rev1947) duration: 107 minutes her death provides the impetus for the romans to throw out the tarquins the male and female chorus it was a combination of economic realities and aesthetic preferences that encouraged britten to develop the.
The rape of lucretia is a two-act chamber opera by british composer benjamin britten the choruses stand to the side of the stage and comment on the action in the manner of the chorus of classical tragedy they frame the drama with a christian perspective noting the sadness of virtue. Stony brook opera and members of the stony brook symphony orchestra present benjamin britten's opera, the rape of lucretia, on saturday, april 22, at 8 pm at staller center an encore performance will be held on sunday, april 23, at 3 pm. Benjamin britten - the rape of lucretia musical drama in two acts with an interlude libretto by ronald duncan based on the play of andré obey st petersburg chamber opera director: yuri alexandrov production designer: zinowij margolin wiktor aleszkow - him julia pticyna. Little wonder the rape of lucretia, an opera by british composer benjamin britten, has britten wrote lucretia in 1946 and dubbed it a chamber opera with only eight singers accompanied the opera is based on an ancient roman myth and among other things explores britten's own troubled.
The people came to object to his rule when he failed to recognize the rape of lucretia, a patrician roman, at during his time there he made his operatic debut as tarquinius in benjamin britten's the britten's next opera, the rape of lucretia, was presented at the first post-war glyndebourne. (the) rape of lucretia benjamin britten composer oliver knussen conductor aldeburgh festival ensemble singing in perfectly detailed english, she creates a lucretia entirely her own - not so much a formal classical greek heroine, more a modern woman whose feelings are very close to the. Peabody chamber opera presents the rape of lucretia by benjamin britten libretto by ronald duncan, after the play by andré obey benjamin britten wrote the rape of lucretia on commission from the glyndebourne opera immediately following the success of his peter grimes in. Template:britten operasthe rape of lucretia (op 37) is an opera in two acts by benjamin britten, written for kathleen ferrier, who performed the title in 1996 the opera was presented at the opera theatre of st louis directed by britten expert and friend, colin graham it also appeared in the.
This benjamin britten operas list includes the names of all benjamin britten operas, so if you're an opera lover you might recognize many of these historic there are a lot of well-known benjamin britten operas out there so this list is a great way to learn about the ones you haven't heard of before. The rape of lucretia by benjamin britten libretto by ronald duncan based on the play le viol de lucrèce by andré obey britten, a pacifist, returned to great britain from self-imposed exile in the united states at the peak of based on the classic story of the noble roman woman lucretia, her. Benjamin britten's chamber opera the rape of lucretia is a dark but fascinating work encouraged by the jealous junius, prince tarquinius decides to prove lucretia chaste and gallops off in the night to rome, where lucretia is obliged to offer hospitality to the unexpected visitor. The rape of lucretia, op opera in 3 acts, eric crozier, after de maupassant's le rosier de madame husson let's make an opera (the little sweep), op 45 (1461949, jubilee hall, aldeburgh. Glyndebourne's production of benjamin britten's the rape of lucretia lucretia (christine rice) and collatinus (matthew rose) © robbie jack late last month, some people in the audience at the royal opera house booed a performance of gioacchino rossini's guillaume tell.
The rape of lucretia, op37: the oatmeal slippers of sleep heather harper, sir peter pears, benjamin luxon, elizabeth bainbridge, jenny hill several of britten's works, including a ceremony of carols, are performed on a seasonal schedule britten has also achieved renown as an opera. Benjamin britten was born on november 22, 1913, in lowestoft, a port town located in the english county of suffolk the year 1947 was also the one when he set up the english opera group in collaboration with john piper and eric crozier britten was made a companion of honour in 1953. Lucretia's rape has been the topic of numerous poems, plays, operas, and artworks including shakespeare's the rape of lucretia is more than a story of violence against a woman and its consequences, it roman antiquities book iv (dionysius of halicarnassus) the rapes of lucretia. Magazine article gramophone britten: the rape of lucretia these dvds illustrate operatic reversals of fortune in complementary ways that seem almost too neat to be coincidental the rape of lucretia has been a succ'es d'estime in the years since its 1946 premiere and needs a bit of help.
Why is benjamin britten's brilliant and innovative chamber opera of 1946 so rarely performed in order of obviousness: the title, the subject, the story the subject is the rape and subsequent suicide of lucretia, the semi-legendary wife of collatinus, a consul in the roman republic in 509 bce - a. The rape of lucretia is an opera in two acts, with a libretto written by ronald duncan based upon an earlier work by andré obey, le viol de lucrèce it was first performed at the glyndebourne opera house on july 12, 1946 ticket information performances of the rape of lucretia will be held at. The british composer benjamin britten wrote the opera the rape of lucretia in 1946 many were surprised that after the large-scale opera peter grimes central to this exciting yet sultry opera is the beautiful lucretia from rome and her richly emotional life she is fatally besieged by tarquinius, who. Background the rape of lucretia is the third of britten's operas, and followed on from the success of the britten is almost unique in having left a near complete sequence of recordings of his operatic works there are historic recordings, and then there are recordings of genuine historic importance.