Igor Stravinsky The Rake’s Progress | University of Oxford

Igor Stravinsky The Rake’s Progress

Speaker
Conductor: Chloe Rooke, Director: Michael Burden, nne Trulove – Emily Gibson, Tom Rakewell - Max Laurie
Event date
Event time
7:30 - 10:30
Venue
Sheldonian Theatre
Broad Street
OXFORD
Oxfordshire
OX1 3AZ
Event type
Drama
Event cost
£30, £20, £15, £7
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Recommended

Stravinsky’s neo-classical opera The Rake’s Progress tells the story of Tom Rakewell, who, at the behest of Nick Shadow (the Devil), abandons his intended, Anne Trulove, for the dubious delights of the city. Shadow leads him into a variety of scrapes, including a scheme to turn stones into bread, a visit to a brothel, and marriage to a bearded lady. He ends up in Bedlam, the Devil having stolen his reason. The Moral? ‘For idle hearts and hands and minds the Devil finds work to do.’ The tale, loosely based on William Hogarth’s series of pictures, is by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman.