Wystan Hugh Auden, Chester Simon Kallman
Eivind Gullberg Jensen
Choreographer & associate stage director
Assistant stage director
Pianist & vocal coach
Alphonse Cemin, Nino Pavlenichvili
Stage director second assistant
Set design assistant
Keeper of the Madhouse / Nick Shadow 2
Baba la Turque
Antony Antunes, Kirsty Arnold, Nichole Bird, Karl Fagerlund Brekke, Andrew Gardiner, Chihiro Kawasaki, Maxime Nourissat, Jami Reid-Quarrell, Gabriella Schmidt, Clemmie Sveaas
Orchestre de Paris
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.
"Full of superb stagecraft & excellent singing, beautiful to behold" ★★★★ Financial Times
Dutch National Opera, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and The Stanislavsky Theatre in collaboration with Complicité.
Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 5, 7, 11, 14, 18 July 2017
Live streamed online 11 July. Available on this website until October 2017.
Dutch National Opera 1, 3, 6, 11, 15, 19, 21 February 2018