The Rake's Progress
Act III Scene I.
Russell was invited to direct Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress at the prestigious Maggio Musicale festival in Florence in 1982. Russell says "Auden, one of the librettists, gave me a clue via an old programme note in which he stated that he both he and the composer considered their simple talk of moral decay to be a timeless one. Accordingly, my designer, Derek Jarman, and I updated it to Thatcher's Britain"
Act I Scene III.
Gösta Winbergh plays Tom Rakewell (the rake) and Cecelia Gasidia plays Anne Truelove. Nick, the devil, is played by Istvan Gati. Tom, with walkman, is gradually seduced by Nick with material wealth, and his progress leads to his suicide in the London underground, in the Angel tube station.
Act II Scenes I and III.
Act II Scene II.
Act III Scene II.
Act I Scene I.
Russell and conductor Riccardo Chailly.
Images of the production from Il Maggio Musicale
Fiorentino, I Grandi Specttacoli.
More stage work
Click title for opera or play The Rake's Progress * Madama Butterfly * The Italian Girl in Tangiers * La Boheme * Die Soldaten * Faust * Mefistofoles * Princess Ida * Salome * Weill and Lenya * Mindgame
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