The Rake’s Progress boasts Igor Stravinsky as composer, a libretto by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman and its story was inspired by the engravings of William Hogarth. What more do you need to know? Win tickets to this stellar show here!
Protagonist Tom Rakewell is young, inexperienced and reckless, especially in his relations with a certain Anne Trulove. Tom’s dreams seem to come true when Nick Shadow appears to tell him that an unknown uncle has left him a substantial inheritance. All that is necessary is a trip to the big city. Accompanied by Nick Shadow as his servant and driven by new desires, Tom embarks on a trip from which he never returns, squanders all his fortune and loses control of his life.
For director David Bobée, known to Luxembourg audiences from the magnificent Dios Proveerá last season, The Rake’s Progress will be his first opera. The Faustian myth and the question what it would mean today to make a pact with the devil inspired him to take on the project to show how a social climb may also be assimilated to a descent into hell.
Upcoming British tenor Benjamin Hulett and Swedish soprano Marie Arnet, who only last year made her Royal Opera House debut, take the lead roles in this coproduction with four other houses: Opéra de Limoges, Opéra de Reims, Opéra de Rouen and long-term partner théâtre de Caen.
For your chance to win two tickets to see ‘The Rake’s Progress’ on Friday 3 February 2017 at 8pm, all you have to do is answer the following question in the comments box below.
Q. Whose engravings inspired the story behind ‘The Rake’s Progress?
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And the winner is… Carol Birch! Congratulations – we’ll be in touch.
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The Rake’s Progress
Length: 2 hour, 30 minutes (plus interval)
Cost: Adults €60/40/25; Youths €8
Venue: Grand Théâtre / Grande Salle
All photos courtesy of Les Theatres de la Ville de Luxembourg – ©Philippe Delval