As part of the UK - Russia Year of Music, the Kolobov Novaya Opera theatre of Moscow presents the Moscow premiere of Benjamin Britten’s (1913 — 1976) prominent opera The Rape of Lucretia (1946). The production continues an English theme in its repertoire, having previously presented the DIDO diptych (of which its second part, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, is a baroque masterpiece) and Britten’s The Turn of the Screw.
Britten’s opera and the theme of Lucretia itself as an important story within world culture, but one that is almost absent in a Russian cultural context. As a result, the musical masterpiece has been presented in Russia only twice – by Yury Alexandrov’s production in the St. Petersburg Chamber Opera theatre in 2004 and in Mariinsky theatre in 2013 in concert version (commemorating 100 years since Britten's birth, conducted by Alice Farnham). This makes Novaya Opera’s recourse to Britten’s masterpiece even more significant.
The production is staged by an international team. Ekaterina Odegova (stage director) and Etel Ioshpa (designer) have worked on a range of significant productions that have won the love of spectators and experts alike, among them Richard Strauss’s Salome, Charles Gounod’s Faust, Engelbert Humperdinck’s The Gingerbread House (Hänsel Und Gretel). Jan Latham-Koenig, Chief Guest Conductor of Novaya Opera, is Musical Director of the production, which features the company’s soloists and artists.