Monday, 1 July 2013

Rake's Progress (opera)

Scenes from Verdi's La Traviata was the inaugural performance from Opera Coast last summer. The event was such a success that another workshop-and-performance is being held in 2013. Directed by Susannah Waters and accompanied by Nigel Foster on the piano, the soloists and chorus of Opera Coast will spend a weekend exploring key scenes from The Rake's Progress by Igor Stravinsky with the ultimate aim being the public performance of these Scenes on the Sunday evening. Musical Director Gregory Rose will introduce the performance and narration by Susannah Waters will fill in any gaps in the storyline so the audience doesn't get too lost! In keeping with their aim of bringing opera to a wider audience, Opera Coast want to encourage younger people to attend the performance and are offering free tickets to under 20s. For those of us of more mature years, tickets are £10.

Born out of a collection of paintings by William Hogarth and based on the wonderful libretto by W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman, The Rake's Progress is a story of eternal confrontation between material pleasures and moral obligations within any human soul. For people 'in the know' the relvant scenes we shall see and hear are:
Act I, Scene 2: Mother Goose’s Brothel.
Act I, Scene 3: Anne’s Aria.
Act II, Scene 2: Tom’s House, London.
Act III, Scene 1: Auction.
Act III, Scene 2: Nick Shadow’s aria, Churchyard.
Act III, Scene 3: Bedlam.
There will also be an opportunity to meet and talk with the performers and organisers after the show.

Birley Centre, Sun 21st July, 18:00.
Tickets £10, under 20s free, available online, by calling 07821 761728, or in person at the Tourist Information Office.