Irish Youth Opera’s production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia
Photo: Carolyn Dobbin as Lucretia photographed by Fran Marshall
Benjamin Britten centenary celebrations last year saw quite a spotlight placed on the English composer’s work. Ireland’s latest operatic venture, Irish Youth Opera, bring their production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia to Dublin for two nights, following on from a well received premiere in Wexford Opera House. First performed at Glyndebourne in July 1946, the opera came 13 months after the triumphant premiere of Peter Grimes, which had been seen as signalling a renaissance in English opera. Whereas Grimes was a full scale work, The Rape of Lucretia requires just eight singers and 13 musicians, perhaps indicative of the new postwar aesthetic. The opera tells of the virtuous Lucretia’s rape by the politically ambitious Etruscan Tarquinius, in a work that deals with loss of innocence and the persecution of the outsider.
O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin – 8pm, Thurs 11th Sept & Fri 12th Sept
Tickets: €32-36 www.nch.ie
* Those under 28 can avail of the CINEMA DEAL and go to the opera for the price of a movie. Limited availability at €9 per ticket.