The Rape of Lucretia was inspired by a French play by André Obey, and based on Shakespeare's epic poem of the same name. Composed in 1946, it has since been widely recognized as one of his most controversial and intriguing operas — partially due to its stark and seemingly simple presentation and its edgy libretto by Ronald Duncan. In a collection of brief scenes with anachronistic commentary from a two-voiced chorus, the opera depicts the rape of the wife of a Roman soldier (Lucretia) by the Etruscan Prince of Rome (Tarquinius), in addition to the motivations and effects of his impulses. Her subsequent suicide spurs the Romans to revolt and to overthrow the Etruscan rulership. Although the opera takes place five hundred years before the birth of Christ, the solo tenor (Male Chorus) and soprano (Female Chorus) view the story, and relay it to the audience through a decidedly Christian perspective.
Erika Mitchell, mezzo soprano (Lucretia)
Colin Levin, baritone (Prince Tarquinius)
Zachary Ballard and Samuel Bowen, baritones (Junious)
Gyasi Barber, baritone (Collatinus)
Emily Thorner and Katelyn Parker Bray, sopranos (Lucia)
Alexandra Alene Dietrich and Stephanie Benkert, mezzo-sopranos (Bianca)
Aliana De La Guardia, soprano (Female Chorus)
Joshua Collier, tenor (Male Chorus)
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ABOUT OPERA BRITTENICA
Opera Brittenica, led by Artistic Directors Joshua Collier and David Sawicki, is Boston’s newest musical organization, devoted to exploring and performing the varied works of Benjamin Britten. The company’s mission is twofold: to significantly enrich the culture of musical performance that currently exists in Boston, and to provide the opportunity for local artists at the professional and pre-professional level to present the vast repertoire of Britten’s magnificent music to all of Boston and the surrounding communities, without the pretense associated with stereotypical "opera." For more information on our upcoming inaugural season please visit our website at www.operabrittenica.com.