- Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
Notes & Reviews:
Lucretia is a problematic and disturbing piece. It's hard to think of another opera where the opposite poles of male violence and tender female intimacy are made so vividly real in purely musical terms, and brought into such horrifying proximity.
Ian Bostridge has continued to be a success in performing ever since his operatic debut in 1994. Collaborating with orchestras such as Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, BBC Symphony, New York Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic, he has proved to be a shining star in opera. In his slates release, he takes part in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia, a dark opera in which a woman named Lucretia commits suicide after being raped. This powerful performance sheds light on a unique plot and intense sub-plot that is not short of passion or danger.
Benjamin Britten's chamber opera The Rape of Lucretia was given its premiere at the Glyndebourne Festival in 1946. This intense revival displays excellent talent by Ian Bostridge, Angelika Kirchschlager Susan Gritton, Christopher Purves, Benjamin Russell, Peter Coleman-Wright Hilary Summers Binaca, Claire Booth Aldeburgh Festival Ensemble, and features by Oliver Knussen. The Guardian felt that this performance succeeded in making music "Britten's richest... the orchestra, reveling in its extraordinary palette of colors, and showing how the score so often hangs like gossamer off the vocal lines." This opera portrays all of the drama passion and beauty throughout the world of opera.Notes & Reviews:
Personnel: Sussie Ahlberg (vocals).
Recording information: Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk (06/11/2011/06/13/2011).
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Works DetailsBritten, Benjamin : The Rape of Lucretia
- Performer: Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
- Conductor: Oliver Knussen
- Ensemble: Aldeburgh Festival Ensemble
- Notes: Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk (06/11/2011/06/13/2011)
- Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
- Period Time: Modern
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1946