Stravinsky's 'The Rake's Progress'

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Saturday, May 09, 2015

Paul Appleby as Tom Rakewell and Layla Claire as Anne Trulove in Stravinksky's 'The Rake's Progress.' Paul Appleby as Tom Rakewell and Layla Claire as Anne Trulove in Stravinksky's 'The Rake's Progress.' (Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera)

The Met revives Stravinsky's "Mozartean" opera, The Rake's Progress, for three performances this spring, including today's matinee broadcast at 1 pm.

In this 1951 opera, Stravinsky takes a 20th-century look at 18th-century forms and characters while exploring the theme of corruption.The libretto by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman tells of Tom Rakewell (Paul Appleby), an impressionable young man who abandons his fiancée, Anne Trulove (Layla Claire), for get-rich-quick promises made by the evil Nick Shadow (Gerald Finley), who instead leads Tom down a road of bankruptcy and corruption.

James Levine conducts this 1997 production by Jonathan Miller.

Cast:

Conductor: James Levine
Anne Trulove: Layla Claire
Baba the Turk: Stephanie Blythe
Tom Rakewell: Paul Appleby
Nick Shadow: Gerald Finley
Trulove: Brindley Sherratt

Comments [5]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

Sorry, I should have written BRAVA , not bravo.

May. 09 2015 04:46 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

CASTA DIVA has got it right. ARNOLD SCHONBERG [MOSES] , ALBAN BERG [LULU] and STRAVINSKY [RAKE'S PROGRESS] have demonstrated that contemporary composers of great merit can write thrillingly for singers with melody and dramaturgy combined. Too long have some so-called afficionados of opera pretending to speak for all opera lovers denounced presentations bf modern composers' operas as catering to a minority who do not care if there exists melodic interest. This intentional fraudulent assertion is long standing, involving many of the best composers over the past few hundred years. Bravo Casta Diva ! www.WagnerOpera.com

May. 09 2015 04:37 PM
CastaDiva from New York, NY

Not at all, Uncle C. The score is delightful. And it was a marvelous production. The House was packed, and from the audience reaction, was enjoyed by all (did you see it?) I'm only sorry that this is Stravinsky's only full length opera.

May. 09 2015 02:44 PM
CastaDiva from New York, NY

Wonderful performance. Great casting and great sets, both a rarity at the Met these days. And Levine is a marvel, the orchestra sounded fabulous.

Am enjoying The Rake all over again on this broadcast.

Seems like the Met now does 20th C opera best, as The Rake and Lady Macbeth of Mtensk were the standout performances of the season for overall perfection.

May. 09 2015 02:04 PM

Some composers should stay away from writing opera.

May. 09 2015 01:28 PM

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