The new Opus Arte DVD of Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress is a musical and visual treat in Robert Lepage's production, updating the opera from Hogarth's London to 1950s Las Vegas.
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Stravinsky’s masterwork The Rake’s Progress, created for La Fenice in Venice in 1951, is based on a libretto by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman, inspired by a series of 18th century prints by William Hogarth. This amazing production from La Monnaie–De Munt ‘jazzifies’ the setting by replacing Hogarth’s sin city, London, with 1950s Las Vegas, turning it into a glittering, cinematic gallery of tableaux vivants inspired by the early days of television. Staged by one of the most visionary theatre directors of our age, the Québécois Robert Lepage, the neo-classical morality tale truly becomes a grand spectacle. Lepage’s visual imagination works its magic superbly, while Kazushi Ono’s energetic musical direction drives the sparkling ensemble to exhilarating heights.
Recorded in High Definition and true surround sound.
Anne Trulove: Laura Claycomb
Tom Rakewell: Andrew Kennedy
Nick Shadow: William Shimell
Mother Goose: Julianne Young
Baba the Turk: Dagmar Peckova
Trulove: Darren Jeffery
Sellem: Donal J. Byrne
Symphony Orchestra & Chorus of la Monnaie de Munt
Conductor: Kazushi Ono
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