The Rake’s Progress
Thu 20 Jun 7:30pmFrom £5.00 to £38.00
Snape Maltings Concert Hall
Part of Aldeburgh Festival
Igor Stravinsky Music
Words by W.H. Auden & Chester Kallman
Equilibrium Young Artists:
Aphrodite Patoulidou Anne Truelove
Yannis Francois Nick Shadow
Elgan Llŷr Thomas Tom Rakewell
Fleur Barron Baba the Turk
Antoin Herrera-Lopez Kessel Father Truelove
James Way Sellem
Chorus of Opera Holland Park
Barbara Hannigan conductor
Barbara Hannigan and the Ludwig Orchestra present Stravinsky, Auden and Kallman’s morality tale of a young man who refuses the offer of a job promising a life of dutiful, conventional respectability, vowing to live by his wits instead. He appears to strike gold almost immediately, but we watch him descend into dissolution and madness as he takes his chances in the big city. Taken under the dark wing of the Mephistophelian Nick Shadow, how far will Tom Rakewell fall, and can he be saved in time?
The 18th-century English setting is the perfect vehicle for Stravinsky’s fullest immersion into the opera tradition, written at the culmination of his ‘neoclassical’ period inhabiting and reinventing the musical styles of the past.
Festival Artist in Residence Barbara Hannigan returns to an opera in which she sung one of her earliest major roles – this time, however, in her first opera production as conductor rather than singer, and also as mentor to the cast of singers whom she has hand-picked from her Equilibrium young artist programme, who are joined by the Chorus of Opera Holland Park.
Photo credit: Marco Borggreve