The Rake's Progress

by Igor Stravinsky 

Librettists - WH Auden and Chester Kallman

Director - Aylin Bozok
(Winner, WhatsOnStage Best Newcomer to the UK Operatic Scene award 2014)

Designer - Friedrich Eggert

Conductor - Simon Over with Southbank Sinfonia

Very seldom performed by the smaller companies, this was a rare chance to see this opera with full cast, chorus and orchestra in an intimate and involving environment. It is surprising how many professionals in the music world say that The Rake's Progress is their favourite opera, and it is generally accepted now to have earned its place among the 20 or so 'great' operas in the international repertoire, not least as the result of the perfect collaboration between the composer Igor Stravinsky and the librettist W.H. Auden, in which ...”Auden did not waste a single word, and Stravinsky did not waste a single note or chord”.   

The Rake's Progress is the Faustian story of Tom Rakewell who, dissatisfied with his simple country life, strikes a deal with the devil and abandons his sweetheart to embark on a life of reckless pleasure… a story which resonates with contemporary society and which is the inspiration for artists from Hogarth to Hockney and Grayson Perry. 


Tom Rakewell   ...   Andrew Dickinson
Anne Trulove     ...   Madeleine Pierard
Nick Shadow      ...   Simon Lobelson
Baba the Turk    ...   Rhonda Browne
Father Trulove    ...   Oliver Hunt
Sellem                 ...    Leonel Pinheiro
Mother Goose     ...   Rosie Aldridge