The Rake's Progress

More info on The Rake's Progress

Composer:

Igor Stravinsky

Librettist:

W.H. Auden, and Chester Kallman

Premiere:

11 September 1951, Venice (La Fenice)

Language:

English

Synopsis:

The Rake's Progress Synopsis

Libretto:

The Rake's Progress Libretto

Translation(s):

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About the opera The Rake's Progress

The Rake's Progress is an opera in three acts and an epilogue by Igor Stravinsky. The libretto, written by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman, is based loosely on the eight paintings and engravings A Rake's Progress (1733-1735) of William Hogarth, which Stravinsky had seen on May 2, 1947, in a Chicago exhibition.
The story concerns the decline and fall of one Tom Rakewell, who deserts Anne Trulove for the delights of London in the company of Nick Shadow, who turns out to be the Devil. After several misadventures, all initiated by the devious Shadow, Tom ends up in Bedlam, a psychiatric hospital south of London. The moral of the tale is: "For idle hearts and hands and minds the Devil finds a work to do."
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Roles in The Rake's Progress

Tom Rakewell Tenor
Anne Trulove Soprano
Nick Shadow Baritone or Bass
Baba the Turk Mezzo-Soprano
Father Trulove Bass
Sellem Tenor
Mother Goose Contralto
Keeper of the Madhouse Bass

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All scenes from The Rake's Progress

Arias from The Rake's Progress
Duets from The Rake's Progress

Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1The woods are green

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 1.01

Type: duet,trioVoice: S T BLanguage: English

Roles: Anne Trulove/Tom Rakewell/Father Trulove
2Anne, my dear

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: T S BLanguage: English

Roles: Tom Rakewell/Anne Trulove/Father Trulove
3Here I stand

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 1.03-1

Type: recitative,ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Tom Rakewell
4Since it is not by merit

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 1.03-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Tom Rakewell
5Tom Rakewell?

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 1.04

Type: recitativeVoice: T Br/BLanguage: English

Roles: Tom Rakewell/Nick Shadow
6Fair Lady gracious gentlemen

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 1.05

Type: ariaVoice: baritone or bassLanguage: English

Roles: Nick Shadow
7I wished but once!

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 1.06

Type: quartetVoice: S T Br/B BLanguage: English

Roles: Anne Trulove/Tom Rakewell/Nick Shadow/Father Trulove
8I ll call the coachman sir

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 1.07

Type: recitativeVoice: Br/B BLanguage: English

Roles: Nick Shadow/Father Trulove
9Farewell, farewell for now!

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 1.08

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: English

Roles: Anne Trulove/Tom Rakewell
10All is ready, sir.

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 1.09

Type: recitativeVoice: Br/B TLanguage: English

Roles: Nick Shadow/Tom Rakewell
11Dear Father Trulove

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 1.10

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Tom Rakewell
12Laughter and light and all charms that endear

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 1.11

Type: trioVoice: T S BLanguage: English

Roles: Tom Rakewell/Anne Trulove/Father Trulove
13With air commanding and weapons handy

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 1.12

Type: choirVoice: Language: English

Roles:
14Come, Tom. I would fain have our hostess

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 1.13

Type: recitativeVoice: Br/B T cALanguage: English

Roles: Nick Shadow/Tom Rakewell/Mother Goose
15Soon dawn will glitter outside the shutter

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 1.14

Type: choirVoice: Language: English

Roles:
16Sisters of Venus, bothers of Mars

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 1.15

Type: recitativeVoice: baritone or bassLanguage: English

Roles: Nick Shadow
17Love too frequently betrayed

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 1.16

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Tom Rakewell
18How sad a song

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 1.17

Type: choirVoice: contraltoLanguage: English

Roles: Mother Goose
19The sun is bright

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 1.18

Type: choirVoice: baritone or bassLanguage: English

Roles: Nick Shadow
20No word from Tom

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 1.19-1

Type: recitative,ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Anne Trulove
21Quietly night

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 1.19-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Anne Trulove
22My father! Can I desert him

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 1.20

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Anne Trulove
23I go I go to him

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 1.21

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Anne Trulove
24In youth the panting slave

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 2.01

Type: ariaVoice: baritone or bassLanguage: English

Roles: Nick Shadow
25Vary the song

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 2.01

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Tom Rakewell
26O Nature, green, unatural mother

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 2.02

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Tom Rakewell
27Always the quarry

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Tom Rakewell
28Master, are you alone?

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 2.04

Type: recitativeVoice: T Br/BLanguage: English

Roles: Tom Rakewell/Nick Shadow
29Come, master, observe the host of mankind

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 2.05

Type: recitative,ariaVoice: baritone or bassLanguage: English

Roles: Nick Shadow
30My tale shall be told

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 2.07

Type: duetVoice: T Br/BLanguage: English

Roles: Tom Rakewell/Nick Shadow
31How strange

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 2.08

Type: recitative,ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Anne Trulove
32Anne! Here!

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 2.09

Type: duetVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Anne Trulove
33MMy love, am I to remain in here forever?

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 2.10

Type: recitativeVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles: Baba the Turk
34Could it then have been known

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 2.11

Type: trioVoice: S T MzLanguage: English

Roles: Anne Trulove/Tom Rakewell/Baba the Turk
35I have not run away dear heart

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 2.12

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles: Baba the Turk
36As I was saying (Baba's aria and monologue)

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 2.13

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles: Baba the Turk
37Scorned abused neglected!

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 2.14

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles: Baba the Turk
38My heart is cold

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 2.15

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Tom Rakewell
39Pantomime

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 2.16

Type: Voice: baritone or bassLanguage: English

Roles: Nick Shadow
40Awake?

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 2.17

Type: recitativeVoice: baritone or bassLanguage: English

Roles: Nick Shadow
41Thanks to this excellent device

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 2.18

Type: duetVoice: T Br/BLanguage: English

Roles: Tom Rakewell/Nick Shadow
42Forgive me, master

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 2.19

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Tom Rakewell
43What curious phenomena are up today for sale

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 3.01

Type: choirVoice: Language: English

Roles:
44Ruin, Disaster, Shame

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 3.02

Type: choirVoice: Language: English

Roles:
45Ladies, both fair and gracious

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 3.03

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Sellem
46Who hears me knows me

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 3.04

Type: aria, recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Sellem
47Sold! Annoyed!

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 3.05

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Tom Rakewell/Nick Shadow
48Now what was that?

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 3.06

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz S TLanguage: English

Roles: Baba the Turk/Anne Trulove/Sellem
49You love him, seek to set him right

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 3.07

Type: duetVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles: Baba the Turk/Anne Trulove/Sellem
50If boys had wings

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 3.08

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Tom Rakewell/Nick Shadow
51I go to him. Oh love

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 3.09

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz S TLanguage: English

Roles: Baba the Turk/Anne Trulove/Sellem
52Who cares a fig

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 3.10

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Tom Rakewell/Nick Shadow
53How dark, how dark and dreadful is this place

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 3.11

Type: duetVoice: T Br/BLanguage: English

Roles: Tom Rakewell/Nick Shadow
54Very well, then, my dear and good Tom

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 3.12

Type: recitativeVoice: baritone or bassLanguage: English

Roles: Nick Shadow
55Well, then. My heart is wild with fear

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 3.13

Type: duetVoice: T Br/BLanguage: English

Roles: Tom Rakewell/Nick Shadow
56I Burn! I Freeze!

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 3.14

Type: ariaVoice: baritone or bassLanguage: English

Roles: Nick Shadow
57With Roses Crowned

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 3.15

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Tom Rakewell
58Prepare yourselves

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 3.16

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Tom Rakewell
59Madmen's words are all untrue

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 3.17

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Tom Rakewell
60Leave all love and hope behind

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 3.18

Type: choirVoice: Language: English

Roles:
61There he is

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 3.19

Type: recitativeVoice: bassLanguage: English

Roles: Keeper of the Madhouse
62I have waited

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 3.20

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Tom Rakewell
63In a foolish dream

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 3.21

Type: duetVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Tom Rakewell
64I am exceeding weary

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 3.22

Type: recitative, ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Tom Rakewell/Anne Trulove
65Gently little boat

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 3.23

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Anne Trulove
66Anne, my dear

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 3.24

Type: recitativeVoice: B SLanguage: English

Roles: Father Trulove/Anne Trulove
67Every wearied body

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 3.25

Type: duetVoice: B SLanguage: English

Roles: Father Trulove/Anne Trulove
68Where art thou, Venus?

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 3.26

Type: recitative,choirVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Tom Rakewell
69Mourn for Adonis

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 3.27

Type: choirVoice: Language: English

Roles:
70Good people, just a moment

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 3.28

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Anne Trulove/Tom Rakewell/Father Trulove/Nick Shadow