Met Opera on Demand Catalog
The Rake's Progress
(Apr. 19, 2003)
Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Librettist: W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman
Levine; Upshaw, Blythe, Groves, Ramey
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 29 min.
James Levine leads a great cast in Stravinsky’s powerful tale of a young man’s fall. Paul Groves is Tom Rakewell, who leaves a life in the country and the faithful Anne Trulove (Dawn Upshaw) for the temptations of London—seduced by the sinister Nick Shadow (Samuel Ramey), better known as the devil. Stephanie Blythe stars as Baba the Turk.