Thursday, August 2, 2012

Santa Barbara Music Academy of the West Opera at the Granada

Stravinsky the Rake's Progress
Friday August 3, 7:30 pm
Sunday August 5, 2:30 pm

Libretto by W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman
Alexander Lazarev conductor
David Paul director

“Both harrowing and uplifting…
no opera could be more timely” – New Statesman

Regarded as a masterpiece of 20th century opera, Igor Stravinsky’s 
virtuosic comedy, with libretto by poet W.H. Auden, was
inspired by William Hogarth’s satirical engravings of the same
 title. The Rake’s Progress is a morality tale tracing the rise and 
fall of Tom Rakewell, the devotion of Ann Trulove, and the 
devilish maneuverings of Nick Shadow. In this “ingenious 
and subtly complex masterpiece” (Anthony Tommasini, The New 
York Times) the orchestra, performing Stravinsky’s scintillating 
score, plays a starring role. Acclaimed Russian conductor 
Alexander Lazarev, former artistic director of the Bolshoi Theater, 
garnered rave reviews in 2007 when he conducted Rake at the 
Op√©ra National de Lyon. Juilliard’s David Paul is mounting a new 
production for the Music Academy’s 65th anniversary.

The Rake’s Progress is the 2012 Irene Cummings Endowed Opera 
at the Music Academy of the West.
Tickets start at $10.  
Available at Granada Theater 805 899-2222
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