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The Rape of Lucretia

Opera in two acts, op. 47 by Benjamin Britten
Libretto by Ronald Duncan

A co-production of Sydney Chamber Opera and Victorian Opera

This is where chamber opera begins: with an unforgivable crime and a hollow prayer.

For composer Benjamin Britten, the Roman tale of Lucretia’s tragic violation at the hands of the tyrant Tarquinius became the vessel for an operatic revolution. In place of grandeur and bombast, his work was taut and intimate, with only eight singers and a chamber ensemble to score their every thought and action.

Britten’s Lucretia seethes with psychological insight and desperate yearning for divinity. It is a ritual circle carved out for the noblest acts of humanity. And the most depraved.

SCO brings this pioneering work to a Sydney stage for the first time this century. Helpmann Award-winning Artistic Director of Sydney Theatre Company Kip Williams returns to SCO after his ravishing production of An Index of Metals to direct rising star Anna Dowsley (Le Nozze di Figaro for Opera Australia; SCO’s Ich habe genug) in the career-defining title role.

Photography: Samuel Hodge

Cast & Creative Biographies

  • Conductor
  • Jack Symonds
  • Director
  • Kip Williams
  • Associate Director & Costume Design
  • Elizabeth Gadsby
  • Set Design
  • David Fleischer
  • Lighting Design
  • Damien Cooper
  • With
  • Anna Dowsley, Nathan Lay, Celeste Lazarenko, Andrew Goodwin, Jeremy Kleeman, Simon Lobelson, Jane Sheldon, Jessica O'Donoghue
  • Date & Time
  • 8pm Sat 19, Mon 21, Tues 22, Thu 24, Fri 25, Sat 26 August 2017
  • Venue
  • Carriageworks Bay 20, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh
  • Duration
  • 2 hours & 10 minutes, including one 20 minute interval
  • Tickets
  • $35 Available Here
  • Acknowledgements
  • These performances of The Rape of Lucretia by Benjamin Britten are given by permission of Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, exclusive agents for Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd of London
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