New production of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence
In coproduction with the Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam, and the Stanislavsky Theater, Moscow
In collaboration with Complicite, London
Come, wishes, be horses ;
this beggar shall ride!
After settling in the United States after World War II, Igor Stravinsky discovered the series of paintings known as A Rake’s Progress by the English painter, William Hogarth. The paintings retrace the dissolute life of a libertine in eighteenth century England in powerfully realistic, satirical detail. Stravinsky decided to turn it into an opera. The libretto by Auden and Kallman embellishes the story narrated by Hogarth by adding the Mephistophelian figure of Nick Shadow, the damned soul of the reprobate Tom Rakewell. Following a journey that takes him from the brothel to the auction house, the libertine finally ends up in the madhouse. Stravinsky adopts the codes of eighteenth-century opera to score this enlightenment-era narrative. But the musical language, while evoking the memory of Mozart, also tips a nod to Rossini, Verdi and Handel, whose aesthetic he “unfolds” in a musical cubism that has lost none of its acerbity. The major contemporary playwright Simon McBurney repaints this “rake's progress”, while Eivind Gullberg Jensen strips back the multiple layers that Stravinsky has stacked up in his score, somewhere between amused distance and genuine emotion.
IFILAF (International Friends of the International Lyric Art Festival)
Procédés Chénel International, fournisseur papier des décors
Howard & Sarah D. Solomon Foundation
Mr and Mrs Laurence and Oonagh Blackall
Karolina Blaberg Stiftung
Fondation Meyer pour le développement culturel et artistique
Mr and Mrs Mark and Clare Armour, Mr and Mrs Christopher and Jane Carter, Mr and Mrs Peter and Fiona Espenhahn, Mr and Mrs Raphael and Yolande Kanza, Mr and Mrs Christian and Béatrice Schlumberger
Institut Français de Londres