The Rape of Lucretia – A Joint Review

His 1946 opera, The Rape of Lucretia, is one of Benjamin Britten’s most highly­ charged pieces, which harrowingly portrays the emotional and interpersonal effects of the brutal act of rape. As it says on the tin, the story centres around the traumatic rape of Collatinus’ wife (played by Tom Herring) by the Prince of Rome. […]

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The Picture of Dorian Gray – A Review

Although Oscar Wilde wrote many plays, The Picture of Dorian Gray was his only novel; this stage adaptation of it, at St. Hilda’s Jacqueline du Pre Music Auditorium, should be praised for its restoration of dialogue from Wilde’s original, unedited manuscript. Wilde’s words are perhaps tied for the strongest element of this adaptation with the […]

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The Rape of Lucretia – Director’s Foreword

Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia: Director’s Foreword Benjamin Britten’s music has long held a place close to my heart. Most of his operas, in some capacity, address the opposition between the individual and society, an opposition used to characterise Britten’s own feelings of marginalisation in a world that condemned his homosexuality. The Rape of […]

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The Marriage of Kim K – A Preview

If you’ve ever thought that Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro could be made better with the addition of reality TV stars, a squabbling middle class couple and an omniscient vlogger, then… Well for one thing, you have unbelievably specific tastes. For another, the O’Reilly has the play for you, starting next week. As that role call of […]

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