New-to-Chicago production The Rake's Progress

By Igor Stravinsky

  • Language - Sung in English with projected English titles
  • Running Time - 3 hours 10 minutes with 2 intermissions
  • Location - Lyric Opera House

At last this English-language masterpiece makes its eagerly awaited return to the Lyric stage for the first time in more than a quarter-century. A simple young man from the country inherits a fortune and longs for the excitement of London. Leaving the girl he loves, he travels there escorted by the devil, who leads him into all manner of temptation – and ultimately, to total disaster. Tom Rakewell, his devoted Anne Trulove, the devil Nick Shadow, and the bearded lady Baba the Turk (whom Nick persuades Tom into marrying) are among 20th-century opera’s most memorable characters. They’re brought to life through music that is sparkling, lyrical, and endlessly imaginative in an iconic production designed by famed artist David Hockney.

Upcoming Dates
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March 2021

Sunday

03/21

2:00 PM

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Wednesday

03/24

7:00 PM

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Saturday

03/27

2:00 PM

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Wednesday

03/31

2:00 PM

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April 2021

Saturday

04/03

7:30 PM

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Tuesday

04/06

7:00 PM

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Meet the artists

Andrew Staples

Tom Rakewell

Janai Brugger

Anne Trulove

Luca Pisaroni

Nick Shadow

Alice Coote

Baba The Turk

Sir Andrew Davis

Conductor

John Cox

Original Director

Roy Rallo

Revival Director

David Hockney

Designer

Chris Maravich

Lighting Designer

Michael Black

Chorus Master

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Production sponsors

HENRY AND GILDA
BUCHBINDER FAMILY
CYNTHIA M.
SARGENT
Virginia
Tobiason
Originally built by San Francisco Opera. Scenery and costumes provided by Pittsburgh Opera.

Production photos: Karen Almond/Portland Opera