The Rape of Lucretia By Benjamin Britten

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland presents the story of the faithful and virtuous Lucretia's rape by the politically ambitious Etruscan Tarquinius.

The Rape of Lucretia By Benjamin Britten

About The Rape of Lucretia By Benjamin Britten

By Benjamin Britten

Jack Furness Director
Lionel Friend Conductor
Alex Berry Designer
Joshua Pharo Lighting Designer

In the story of the faithful and virtuous Lucretia's rape by the politically ambitious Etruscan Tarquinius, Britten had identified his persistent themes - the corruption of innocence, and the outsider in society, so dominant in Peter Grimes. The faithfulness of Lucretia to her husband Collatinus is very much the exception rather than the rule in the libidinous Rome of the opera.

In Britten's dramatic scheme the male and female choruses are more than just storytellers. They describe and comment on the action, but gradually find their detachment subverted by the horror of what is happening, and provide the bridge between these events, which take place in classical, pre-Christian times, and the present-day audience, as both conscience and commentators.

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