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The Rape of Lucretia

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Composer:

Benjamin Britten

Librettist:

Ronald Duncan after André Obey

Premiere:

12 July 1946, Glyndebourne

Language:

English

Synopsis:

The Rape of Lucretia Synopsis

Libretto:

The Rape of Lucretia Libretto

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About the opera The Rape of Lucretia

The Rape of Lucretia (Op. 37) is an opera in two acts by Benjamin Britten, written for Kathleen Ferrier, who performed the title role. Ronald Duncan based his English libretto on André Obey's play Le Viol de Lucrèce.
The opera was first performed at Glyndebourne in England on July 12, 1946. It is the first work to which Britten applied his term "chamber opera." The opera was first performed in the United States on Broadway at the Ziegfeld Theatre in a production staged by Agnes de Mille which opened on 29 December 1948 and closed on 15 January 1949 after 23 performances. The cast notably included Giorgio Tozzi as Tarquinius, Kitty Carlisle as Lucretia, Lidija Franklin as Bianca, and Adelaide Bishop as Lucia.
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Arias from The Rape of Lucretia

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1How bitter of you Popularity:

Opera: The Rape of LucretiaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: English

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2Within this frail crucible of light Popularity:

Opera: The Rape of LucretiaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

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3She sleeps as a rose Popularity:

Opera: The Rape of LucretiaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

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4Time treads upon the hands of women Popularity:

Opera: The Rape of LucretiaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

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5Give him this orchid Popularity:

Opera: The Rape of LucretiaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

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6Here the thirsty ev'ning has drunk the wine of light Popularity:

Opera: The Rape of LucretiaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

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7Tarquinius does not dare Popularity:

Opera: The Rape of LucretiaComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

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