The Rake's Progress

Igor Stravinsky (1882 - 1971)

5 7 11 14 18 July
Opera in three acts
Libretto by Wystan Hugh Auden and Chester Simon Kallman adapted from William Hogarth
First performed on 11 September 1951 at La Fenice, Venice
The Rake's Progress - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2017
© Pascal Victor / Artcompress
Eivind Gullberg Jensen
Stage Director
Simon McBurney
Gerard McBurney
Stage Designer
Michael Levine
Costume designer
Christina Cunningham
Lighting Designer
Paul Anderson
Will Duke
Choreographer, Associate Stage Director
Leah Hausman
Stage Director Assistant
Josie Daxter
Music Assistant
Case Scaglione
Pianists and vocal coaches
Alphonse Cemin* / Nino Pavlenichvili
Stage director second Assistant
Luna Muratti*
Costumes Assistant
Nathalie Pallandre
Set Design Assistant
Alejandra Gonzales
Video Assistant
Philippine Laureau
Anne Trulove
Julia Bullock
Tom Rakewell
Paul Appleby
Nick Shadow
Kyle Ketelsen
Keeper of the Madhouse / Nick Shadow 2
Evan Hughes*
David Pittsinger
Mother Goose
Hilary Summers
Baba la Turque
Andrew Watts
Alan Oke
Antony Antunes, Kirsty Arnold, Nichole Bird, Karl Fagerlund Brekke, Andrew Gardiner, Chihiro Kawasaki, Maxime Nourissat, Jami Reid-Quarrell, Gabriella Schmidt, Clemmie Sveaas
English Voices
Chorus Master
Tim Brown
Orchestre de Paris
*Former artists of the Académie

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.

Programme (pdf in French)


With the support of

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

Wednesday 5 July 2017
Friday 7 July 2017
Tuesday 11 July 2017
Friday 14 July 2017
Tuesday 18 July 2017

Prices: 270€, 180€, 150€, 120€, 55€, 30€
Youth Price: 9€
Children’s discovery offer for all performances, except the opening night
Performance available with season ticket packages and Premium or Prestige offers

2h45 with an interval

Sung in English with French and English surtitles

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