Joachim Schamberger, director; Dean Williamson, conductor; Donald Nally, chorus master; Benjamin Firer, graduate assistant conductor; Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra; Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble
Feb 28, 2019
Mar 1, 2019
Mar 2, 2019
Mar 3, 2019
Premiered in Venice in 1951, Igor Stravinsky’s opera has a libretto by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman loosely based on the eight William Hogarth paintings and engravings titled A Rake’s Progress. Equal parts tragedy and farce, the tale follows the moral decline and fall of Tom Rakewell, who exchanges a simple life with sweetheart Anne Truelove for the worldly pleasures of London in the company of the devious Nick Shadow. Stravinsky’s score deftly blends elements of 18th-and 20th-century music in this story of love, madness, and bargains with the devil.