For the first time since it’s premiere in 1946, Britten’s early opera The Rape of Lucretia returns this summer to the Glyndebourne Festival. Directed by Fiona Shaw, the stellar cast features no fewer than six of Askonas Holt’s singers.
Shaw’s production was first seen on Glyndebourne’s Tour in 2013, Britten’s centenary year, and won rave reviews for its ‘revealing’ and ‘deeply intelligent’ insights. Christine Rice returns to the Festival in the title role opposite Duncan Rock as Tarquinius. Rock sang the role in Shaw’s original touring production and again earlier this season when the production was seen at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. Kate Royal, a firm Festival favourite, makes her role debut as Female Chorus, while Catherine Wyn-Rogers makes a much anticipated Festival debut as Bianca. Louise Alder, recipient of last year’s John Christie Award, also makes her Festival debut in this production singing the role of Lucia. The line up is completed by Matthew Rose as Lucretia’s husband Collatinus, his second appearance in this year’s Festival.
There are nine performances on 5, 10, 17, 24 and 30 July and 4, 9, 14 and 19 August 2015. Visit the Glyndebourne website
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