Rising American star Arin Arbus directs and Scottish conductor Rory Macdonald makes his Houston Grand Opera debut in this work, which is known as much for its lyricism as for the searing story it tells. In her director’s notes, Arvin writes: ''The Rape of Lucretia was first performed in 1946 after World War II, after the Blitz, after over 300,000 Britons had died in the war. As his homeland was reeling from this devastation, Britten was working on Lucretia — a chamber opera which attempts to 'harness song to human tragedy.'''
7:30 p.m. February 3, 7, 9, 11; and 2 p.m. February 5. Wortham Center, 510 Preston. For information, call 713‑228‑6737 or visit www.houstongrandopera.org. $24 to $332.
Fri., Feb. 3; Sun., Feb. 5; Tue., Feb. 7; Thu., Feb. 9; Sat., Feb. 11, 2012