Production Team

Production: Jonathan Miller
Set Designer: Peter J. Davison
Costume Designer: Judy Levin
Lighting Designed by: Jennifer Tipton


Please be advised that the following information refers to a production from the Met's 2014-15 season. Explore our 2015-16 Metropolitan Opera Season to view the current repertory.

The Rake's Progress

Approximate running time 3 hrs. 10 min.

James Levine revisits one of his favorite 20th-century classics: Stravinsky’s only full-length opera, with its wondrous neo-classical score, back on the Met stage for the first time in 12 years. Paul Appleby adds another leading role as Tom Rakewell, opposite Layla Claire as Anne Trulove, Stephanie Blythe as the bearded lady Baba the Turk, and Gerald Finley as the devilish Nick Shadow.

"Jonathan Miller's stylish and moving production... with James Levine conducting a cast led by a radiant Paul Appleby in the lead role... Mr. Appleby was in spectacular form as Tom... His roomy, relaxed tenor was a source of unalloyed pleasure... Gerald Finley was suave and assured as Tom's nemesis, Nick, singing with an unfailingly elegant baritone... The soprano Layla Claire was sweet-toned and nimble as Anne Trulove... The Met chorus did splendid work..." (New York Times)

"Jonathan Miller's production, which debuted in 1997, is absolutely terrific... The cast is ideal, the staging is visually and theatrically involving, and the music making from the orchestra and conductor James Levine was at the highest level... Tenor Paul Appleby and bass-baritone Gerald Finley shared the stage as the antagonists Tom Rakewell and Nick Shadow, respectively, and what a pair they were... As Baba the Turk, Stephanie Blythe exploded with charisma..." (Classical Review)

James Levine "conducted a hugely enjoyable performance... leading the orchestra through Stravinsky's many-layered score to thrilling effect."
(The Guardian)


Performance Dates/Tickets and Info

All performances for this production have passed, and tickets are no longer available.