The Rake's Progress

The Rake's Progress

By Igor Stravinsky

CAPITOL THEATRE

MAY 9 | 11 | 13 | 15 (7:30 PM)
MAY 17, 2015 (2 PM)

Opening Night, May 9th, will be red carpet night.

"Engaging...thought provoking...unquestionably beautiful."
Gerald Elias, Reichel Arts Review

"The Rake's Progress...is opera heaven."
Catherine Reese-Newton, Salt Lake Tribune

Tom Rakewell is determined to live by his wits and trust to luck, but he’s quickly deceived and led to a series of misadventures and a life of debauchery by the devil. Fate and a game of cards will decide whether Tom is saved by his true love, or condemned to everlasting hell. Stravinsky’s beautiful and daring opera will come to life with David Hockney’s striking sets, and Thierry Fischer’s eagerly anticipated Utah Opera conducting debut.

Sung in English with English supertitles projected above the stage

CAST

Tom Rakewell: Norman Reinhardt
Anne Trulove: Joélle Harvey
Nick Shadow: Mark Schnaible
Baba the Turk: Jill Grove
Father Truelove: Branch Fields
Mother Goose: Alissa Anderson
Sellem: Tyson Miller
Keeper of the Madhouse: William Tvrdik
Utah Symphony Orchestra
Utah Opera Chorus

Conductor: Thierry Fischer
Stage Director: Roy Rallo 

TRIB TALK: THIERRY FISCHER & ROY RALLO DISCUSS 'THE RAKE'S PROGRESS'

SYNOPSIS

ACT I. Scene one opens in the garden of Father Trulove’s country house. Anne Trulove and Tom Rakewell sing a pastoral duet of innocent county love, punctuated by Father Trulove’s worries for the future of the relationship...

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ONLINE LEARNING

Scene one opens in the garden of Father Trulove’s country house. Anne Trulove and Tom Rakewell sing a pastoral duet of innocent county love, punctuated by Father Trulove’s worries for the future of the relationship...

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OPERA COMMENTARY

Stravinsky would loathe the classifications we apply to his various “style periods” and likely might argue that, as consumers of his and other artists’ work, we do so at our own experiential peril. We know this about him thanks to his long, productive and highly public life, during which he enjoyed the rare opportunity of witnessing (and even responding to) the academic segmentation of his output...

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CITY CREEK CENTER PREVIEWS

Utah Opera Resident Artists, including those in the cast of The Rake's Progress, will perform at City Creek Center and preview the music from The Rakes Progress and other opera favorites on the following dates: Saturday, May 2 at 2 PM; Friday, May 8 at 11:30 AM; Wednesday, May 13 at noon.

Also, visit our display at the entrance on the main level on the west side of Main Street to learn more about the production and see one of the original costumes up close. 

CONTENT ADVISORY

The Rake’s Progress is a work of social criticism, a cautionary fable based on the maxim ‘for idle hands and hearts and minds, the devil finds a work to do.’  The opera has plenty of literary and operatic precedent:  the story of Faust might come to mind, or Eugene Onegin or Don Giovanni.  We anticipate that some of our audience members might be concerned about the content of Act I scene ii. In this scene, the devil takes Tom to one of his own favorite brothels and initiates Tom in one of the ways of the world. This visit is a logical step on our rake’s ladder to hell, a visit to the Devil’s own playhouse. The staging includes stylized but suggestive actions appropriate to the scene. The scene is essential to show Tom’s moral decline and does not glorify this behavior. In the end, Tom Rakewell suffers the worst possible consequences of his series of poor choices.

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