3 Dec 2015

The Rake's Progress by Stravinsky

From Appointment, 7:00 pm on 3 December 2015

Arrested For Debt
William Hogarth: A Rake's Progress, Plate 4: Arrested For Debt, Engraving, 35.5 x 41cm.

Elric Hooper & Des Wilson present an introduction Stravinsky’s opera The Rake’s Progress.

It tells the story of Tom Rakewell who unwittingly makes a bargain with the Devil which includes marriage to a bearded lady, an encounter with a machine that supposedly turns stones into bread, and ultimately confinement to a madhouse.

A 1947 Chicago exhibition of William Hogarth's sequence of paintings depicting "A Rake's Progress" inspired Stravinsky to compose an opera. With an English libretto by WH Auden & Chester Kallman, the work premièred at La Fenice in Venice in 1951.

The Tavern Scene

Hogarth's painting of 'The Tavern Scene'.


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