The Rape of Lucretia

While the Roman Army has been away, all of the men’s wives have been unfaithful save Lucretia, the character at the center of The Rape of Lucretia. Alas, despite the fact that she’s been a good girl, her husband’s friend Tarquinius won’t let things stay that way. A male and a female chorus watch over the ensuing proceedings in the Benjamin Britten opera, providing comment along the way.

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 $24 to $332.
Fri., Feb. 3; Sun., Feb. 5; Tue., Feb. 7; Thu., Feb. 9; Sat., Feb. 11, 2012

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