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Saturday, February 4, 2017 Permalink

At The Opera, Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress, February 4, 2017


The Rake's Progress is an opera in three acts and an epilogue by Igor Stravinsky. The libretto, written by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman, is based loosely on the eight paintings and engravings A Rake's Progress (1733–1735) of William Hogarth, which Stravinsky had seen on May 2, 1947, in a Chicago exhibition.

The story concerns the decline and fall of one Tom Rakewell, who deserts Anne Trulove for the delights of London in the company of Nick Shadow, who turns out to be the Devil. After several misadventures, all initiated by the devious Shadow, Tom ends up in Bedlam, a hospital for the 'insane' at that time situated in the City of London. The moral of the tale is: "For idle hearts and hands and minds the Devil finds work to do."

Erato 1996 recording

Kent Nagano - conductor

Staring Jerry Hadley, Dawn Upshaw, Samuel Ramey and Grace Bumbry.


8:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:11 p.m.
Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress BUY ; Kent Nagano, conductor
10:00 p.m.
10:53 p.m.
LEONCAVALLO: Pagliacci, opera: Prologue: 'Si può?' BUY from Leoncavallo: Pagliacci/Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; composed by LEONCAVALLO
11:00 p.m.
11:23 p.m.
Brodsky: Be My Love (from "The Toast of New Orleans") Lanza, Mario; Sinatra, Ray BUY from The Essential Mario Lanza; composed by Brodsky
RCA 88697074092
11:27 p.m.
Mario Lanza BUY from The Essential Mario Lanza
RCA 88697074092
11:30 p.m.
Mercer: Song of India Lanza, Mario BUY from The Essential Mario Lanza; composed by Mercer
RCA 88697074092
11:34 p.m.
Mario Lanza BUY from The Essential Mario Lanza
RCA 88697074092
11:41 p.m.
Maria Callas BUY from Maria Callas Remastered - Bellini: Norma (1960)
11:46 p.m.
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana BUY La Scala; Mascagni, conductor

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