Igor Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress
Director: Robert Lepage
Conductor: Kazushi Ono
Cast and Crew: Andrew Kennedy (Tom Rakewell), William Shimell (Nick Shadow), Darren Jeffery (Trulove), Laura Claycomb (Anne Trulove), Julianne Young (Mother Goose), Dagmar Peckova (Baba the Turk), Donal J. Byrne (Sellem), Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of La Monnaie – De Munt, Brussels
Stravinsky’s masterwork The Rake’s Progress, created for La Fenice in Venice in 1951, is based on a libretto by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman, inspired by a series of 18th century prints by William Hogarth. This amazing production from La Monnaie–De Munt ‘jazzifies’ the setting by replacing Hogarth’s sin city, London, with 1950s Las Vegas, turning it into a glittering, cinematic gallery of tableaux vivants inspired by the early days of television. Staged by one of the most visionary theatre directors of our age, the Québécois Robert Lepage, the neo-classical morality tale truly becomes a grand spectacle. Lepage’s visual imagination works its magic superbly, while Kazushi Ono’s energetic musical direction drives the sparkling ensemble to exhilarating heights.
Recorded live at Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels on 26 and 28 April 2007.
Production: США | Opus Arte