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Spring 2019

The Rape of Lucretia
by Benjamin Britten

Sunday, April 7, 2pm 2019
at the Theater on the Square
901 Broadway Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402

First performed at Glyndbourne in England on 12 July 1946, The Rape of Lucretia is the first of several chamber operas Britten wrote during his distinguished career. According to Roman tradition, Lucretia, who died around 510 BC was a noblewoman in ancient Rome whose rape by Sextus Tarquinius, an Etruscan king’s son, was the cause of a rebellion that overthrew the Roman monarchy and led to the transition of Roman government from a kingdom to a republic. Britten takes this ancient Roman story and transforms it into a morality tale of misguided hubris and great human suffering, narrated by two compassionate storytellers, male and female. The work is one of Britten’s most intimate and moving works and is a masterpiece of the chamber opera genre.

The Cast

Male Chorus Brendan Tuohy
Female Chorus Nerys Jones
Collatinus, a Roman General Michael Drumheller
Junius, a Roman General Misha Myznikov
Tarquinius, Prince of Rome Kevin Wetzel
Lucretia, wife of Collatinus Laurel Semerdjian
Bianca, Lucretia’s Nurse Rachel Moss
Lucia, a Maid Shelly Traverse
Conductor Bernard Kwiram
Stage Director Linda Kitchen
Rehearsal Pianist Beth Grimmett


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