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Opera The Estates Theatre

The Rape of Lucretia

Benjamin Britten

The National Moravian-Silesian Theatre

Information

Conductor: Adam Sedlický
Stage director: Jiří Nekvasil
Sets: Jakub Kopecký
Costumes: Simona Rybáková
Motion cooperation: Jana Tomsová
Dramaturgy: Eva Mikulášková

Two-act chamber opera from 1946
Libretto by Ronald Duncan (1937-2012), based on a play by André Obey (1892-1975) Le Viol de Lucrèce
on a theme of a poem by William Shakespeare (1564-1616) from 1594

One of the most famous chamber operas, tailor-made for Britten's Opera Company. Even before it was performed it was censored and dubbed "highly obscene". The storyline of the opera is based on Roman history: Lucretia, wife of Roman nobleman Tarquinia Collatina, committed suicide after being raped by the son of the last Roman king of Etruscan origin. The story carries weighty human and moral messages; it is a piece which can satisfy the audience with its suggestive ending borne in a Christian spirit. When the sweet and innocent rest, murder and lust work their best.

Sung in English, Czech and English surtitles.

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This production is not performed at the present time.