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Online - Glyndebourne Open House: The Rake's Progress

Sunday August 9, 2020 at 17:00
Available online until
Sunday August 16, 2020
Glyndebourne YouTube channel, Lewes
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. The Rake's Progress - Igor Stravinsky, libretto by WH Auden and Chester Kallman

When the mysterious Nick Shadow appears at his door, Tom Rakewell immediately abandons country life and his sweetheart Anne for the temptations of the city. But London’s glittering promise soon corrodes; love, money and even sanity slip further and further from Tom’s grasp. Can true love save him, or will the Devil have the last laugh?

Hogarth’s paintings charting one man’s path from pleasure to ruin are the starting point for one of the most dazzlingly original works of the 20th century, like a Mozart opera that has wandered into a musical hall of mirrors – at once elegant and anarchic. Comedy and tragedy are never far apart in this light-footed work that can break your heart with the broadest of smiles.

John Cox’s production is one of the great Glyndebourne classics, featuring David Hockney’s much-loved designs alongside an exciting cast including Topi Lehtipuu, Matthew Rose and Miah Persson.

The Rake’s Progress was captured live at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2010. It is streamed on the Glyndebourne website from Sunday 2 August (5pm) to Sunday 9 August (5pm).

Glyndebourne YouTube channel
East Sussex
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