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Stravinsky
The Rake's Progress

James Levine, a longtime champion of Stravinsky’s only full-length opera, draws out every nuance of this landmark score, a virtuosic blend of farce and tragedy. Paul Appleby leads the cast as Tom Rakewell, a young man who forsakes his fiancée for the lure of the city and a Faustian bargain—only to end up in a madhouse. Layla Claire is Anne Trulove, who stands by him to the end, Gerald Finley sings Nick Shadow, the devilish figure who guides Tom through his new, increasingly decadent life, and Stephanie Blythe is Baba the Turk, a bearded lady who becomes Tom’s wife. Brindley Sherratt co-stars as Anne’s father, Trulove.

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Performance Info

Performance Date
May 9, 2015
Composer
Igor Stravinsky
Librettist
W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman
Run Time
2 HRS 30 MIN
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Cast & Creative
Conductor
James Levine
Anne Trulove
Layla Claire
Baba the Turk
Stephanie Blythe
Tom Rakewell
Paul Appleby
Nick Shadow
Gerald Finley
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