The Rake's Progress

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

By Igor Stravinsky

Fri - Sat, Nov 11 - 12 @ 8 pm

Sun, Nov 13 @ 2 pm

MAINSTAGE THEATRE

The Rake's Progress

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

By Igor Stravinsky

Fri - Sat, Nov 11 - 12 @ 8 pm

Sun, Nov 13 @ 2 pm

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


ARTWORK BY GRETCHEN LONG

Experience The Rake’s Progress, a neoclassical operatic gem by Igor Stravinsky, one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century. Considered one of his greatest works, The Rake’s Progress is Stravinsky’s only full-length opera and features music that is some of his “most ingenious.” (The New York Times) The 1951 English opera is based on a series of 18th-century paintings by William Hogarth that depict the hellish rise and fall of the merchant and heir Tom Rakewell, a young man to whom it all comes too easily—and the inevitable price he has to pay. The devil, in the person of Nick Shadow, and the Rake’s scorned but ever-devoted angel Anne Trulove both vie for his soul. Who will win in the end? Love and madness combine in this extraordinary performance.


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