Subscribe to
Opera Today

Receive articles and news via RSS feeds or email subscription.


facebook-icon.png


twitter_logo[1].gif



Plumbago_9780993198359_1.png

9780521746472.png

0810888688.gif

0810882728.gif

Recently in News

Latest news

 

Incoming Artistic Director Rosetta Cucchi announces her 2020 programme inspired by William Shakespeare and the launch of the Wexford Factory Academy for young Irish singers

https://www.wexfordopera.com/media/news/incoming-artistic-director-rosetta-cucchi-announces-her-2020-programme

Music In The Present Tense: Rossini’s Italian Operas in Their Time

https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/M/bo43988096.html

The Last Opera: The Rake’s Progress in the Life of Stravinsky and Sung Drama

http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/product_info.php?products_id=809636

Prokofiev’s Soviet Operas

https://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/music/twentieth-century-and-contemporary-music/prokofievs-soviet-operas?format=HB

The Operas of Benjamin Britten – Expression and Evasion by Claire Seymour

https://boydellandbrewer.com/the-operas-of-benjamin-britten.html

The Opera Singer’s Acting Toolkit

https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/the-opera-singers-acting-toolkit-9781350006454/

The real Traviata. The Song of Marie Duplessis

https://h-france.net/vol18reviews/vol18no52palidda.pdf

Glyndebourne announces new Artistic Director

http://www.operatoday.com/content/2018/08/glyndebourne_an.php

BLACK OPERA: HISTORY, POWER, ENGAGEMENT

A musical challenge to our view of the past

Die schöne Müllerin by Mark Padmore

Opera Rara - How to Rescue a Lost Opera

https://vimeo.com/operarara/how-to-rescue-an-opera

Welsh National Opera explores Madness for autumn season

 

New Releases from Opera Rara

 

A Time-Out With Isabel Leonard: In 'L'Heure Espagnole' at San Francisco Symphony

 

On Site Opera Presents 'Barber of Seville' at Fabbri Mansion on New York’s Upper East Side

 

Il Trittico: Puccini's most underrated opera

 

Bizet's Carmen | English National Opera

 

Metropolitan Opera Stars Join Opera Las Vegas in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly

 

Lowering the tone

 

OPERA TODAY ARCHIVES »

News

11 Aug 2019

The Last Opera: The Rake’s Progress in the Life of Stravinsky and Sung Drama

http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/product_info.php?products_id=809636

Last_opera.pngFrom the fall of 1947 through the summer of 1951 composer Igor Stravinsky and poet W. H. Auden collaborated on the opera The Rake’s Progress. At the time, their self-consciously conventional work seemed to appeal only to conservative audiences. Few perceived that Stravinsky and Auden were confronting the central crisis of the Modern age, for their story of a hapless eighteenth-century Everyman dramatizes the very limits of human will, a theme Auden insists underlies all opera. In The Last Opera, Chandler Carter weaves together three interlocking stories. The central and most detailed story explores the libretto and music of The Rake’s Progress. The second positions the opera as a focal point in Stravinsky’s artistic journey and those who helped him realize it—his librettists, Auden and Chester Kallman; his protégé Robert Craft; and his compatriot, fellow composer, and close friend Nicolas Nabokov. By exploring the ominous cultural landscape in which these fascinating individuals lived and worked, the book captures a pivotal twenty-five-year span (from approximately 1945 to 1970) during which modernists like Stravinsky and Auden confronted a tectonic disruption to their artistic worldview. Ultimately, Carter reveals how these stories fit into a larger third narrative, the 400-year history of opera. This richly and lovingly contextualized study of The Rake’s Progress sheds new light on why, despite the hundreds of musical dramas and theater pieces that have been written since its premier in 1951, this work is still considered the “the last opera.”

Send to a friend

Send a link to this article to a friend with an optional message.

Friend's Email Address: (required)

Your Email Address: (required)

Message (optional):