Why See The Rake's Progress?
LIVE BY MY WITS AND TRUST TO MY LUCK...
The circumstances of young Tom Rakewell are the focus of this moral opera from Stravinsky, based upon the infamous prints of William Hogarth depicting the pitfalls of 17th Century London, and the downfall of those who tread the dissolute path. Boston Lyric Opera present the tale anew, from newly engaged country buck to raving lunatic, Tom's every wish is granted by the mysterious Nick Shadow, a man who is much more than he first appears.
A devilish deal.
Concerned that his son-in-law to be Tom Rakewell has no gainful employment, Father Truelove urges him to find his purpose. But Tom is young and lazy, and when alone wishes aloud to 'live by my wits and trust to my luck'. Upon this utterance the devious Nick Shadow appears, telling him he is an envoy sent by a long lost uncle who has left Tom a substantial inhertience. Beside himself with glee, Tom makes for London, leaving his fiance Anne behind and employing Shadow as his servant, who is only happy to lead him astray...
With every wish granted, Tom strays further into the path of iniquity until a thrilling finale that sees Nick reveal his true form and Tom's very soul tested to the limit.
Opening night: 15 March 2017
Sung in English with English supertitles
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