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Benjamin Britten in Rome: The Rape of Lucretia

Mar 10, 2019 9:00:00 AM
By Laura Stanfield Prichard posted in Dissenters & Rebels, Opera history, 2018/19 Season, #LucretiaBLO, Shakespeare, Sexual violence in Opera, Lucretia, Roman history

The Rape of Lucretia, begun during the last years of World War II, marks a decisive break with the grand opera tradition. It is the most transparent and tension-filled of Britten’s mid-century works, combining his beautiful melodic writing with dramatic pungency and colorful tone painting.
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The Legend of Lucretia: Exploring an Archetype

Mar 1, 2019 11:34:49 AM
By John Conklin posted in 2018/19 Season, #LucretiaBLO, Shakespeare, Sexual violence in Opera, Lucretia, Roman history

The complex ambiguities and the disturbing moral and psychological interpretations that lie below the surface in the story of Lucretia have long fascinated writers, painters, composers, and philosophers.
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