Benjamin Britten

The Rape of Lucretia


Opera in two parts, in English with Hungarian surtitles

The partly legendary and partly historical Lucretia is a figure whose death heralded the end of the Roman Monarchy and onset of the Roman Republic. The story has served as an inspiration for, among others, Henry Chaucer, Botticelli, Shakespeare, Rembrandt, Niccolò Machiavelli – and Benjamin Britten. With his chamber opera, the composer follows in the path of classical tragedy; standing in the centre of this astonishingly intimate work is the star-crossed woman whose faithfulness is gambled over by men.

On the hundredth anniversary of the great English composer’s birthday, 22 November 2013 to be precise, the piece was etched into Budapest operatic history for the first time, and even then only on a single occasion. The semi-staged production will enter the repertoire from this year under the direction of János Csányi, and with a cast of young artists. The chamber opera will also be performed in a new location and revised production at the Music Academy’s György Solti Hall on three occasions in November 2014.

Photographer: Rákossy Péter

General cast

Conductor
Máté Hámori
Male Chorus
Gábor Csiki
Female Chorus
Ágnes Anna Kun
Collatinus
Krisztián Cser
Junius
Ákos Ambrus
Tarquinius
Róbert Rezsnyák
Lucretia
Krisztina Simon
Bianca
Kornélia Bakos
Lucia
Orsolya Hajnalka Röser

Creators

Composer
Benjamin Britten
Libretto
Ronald Duncan
Translator
Frigyes Róna
Director
János Csányi
Choreographer
Andrea P. Merlo
Set designer
Enikő Kárpáti
Visual effects
Gábor Felföldi