KU Opera presents Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece “The Rape of Lucretia” on Jan. 24 & 26
LAWRENCE- The University of Kansas Opera will present Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26 in the Crafton-Preyer Theatre. John Stephens, professor of voice and opera, will direct the just over two-hour production, which features eight leading roles. David Neely, director of orchestral activities, will conduct a thirteen-piece chamber orchestra.
First performed in Glyndeborne, Sussex in July of 1946, The Rape of Lucretia was Britten’s first “chamber opera.” Librettist Ronald Duncan based the words on André Obey’s 1931 play Le viol de Lucréce. Set in 509 B.C., the story has been the frequent subject of poetry, art, theatre, music and writings by diverse authors including Shakespeare, St. Augustine and Ovid. Shrouded in the mysterious confluence of history and legend, the tragedy of Lucretia is credited by some as the catalyst for the overthrow of the Etruscan kings and the beginning of the Roman Republic.
“In my view, no one set the English language to music more dramatically and beautifully than Britten,” said director John Stephens. “We’re excited to explore this challenging work and present it to our Lawrence audience.”
Tickets for both performances are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance with cash or check only. All seats are general admission. Advance tickets available exclusively in Murphy Hall Room 460. For ticket information call 785-864-3436.
For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436 or visit www.music.ku.edu.