The Rake’s Progress

New Chamber Opera Studio
presents
Igor Stravinsky
The Rake’s Progress

14 & 15 February 2018
7.30pm
Sheldonian Theatre

Tickets: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/newchamberopera

or on the door

Conductor – Chloe Rooke
Repetiteur – Anhad Arora
Chorus director – Joseph Beesley
Director – Michael Burden

Cast

Anne Trulove – Emily Gibson
Tom Rakewell – Maximilian Lawrie
Nick Shadow – Patrick Keefe
Father Trulove – Tom Lowen
Baba the Turk – Carrie Thomson
Keeper of the Madhouse – Josh Newman

Stravinsky’s neo-classical opera The Rake’s Progress tells the story of Tom Rakewell, who, at the behest of Nick Shadow (the Devil), abandons his intended, Anne Trulove, for the dubious delights of the city. Shadow leads him into a variety of scrapes, including a scheme to turn stones into bread, a visit to a brothel, and marriage to a bearded lady. He ends up in Bedlam, the Devil having stolen his reason. The Moral? ‘For idle hearts and hands and minds the Devil finds work to do.’ The tale, loosely based on William Hogarth’s series of pictures, is by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman.