Published 1 September 2010

The Rake’s Progress

Première at The Göteborg Opera Saturday September 11 at 6 pm

The Göteborg Opera will perform Stravinsky’s 20th century classic The Rake’s Progress for the very first time. David Radok directs the production, which is produced in cooperation with Det Kongelige Teater (The Royal Danish Theatre) in Copenhagen.

Igor Stravinsky’s devilishly comic opera The Rake’s Progress from 1951 is regarded as one of the master pieces of operatic literature. The music is a nod to previous generations of composers, with Stravinsky’s very own twist. We follow the young Tom Rakewell on his path to ruin after having inherited a large amount of money. He is enticed by the mysterious Nick Shadow, who ensures that Tom gets everything he could possibly want. But Tom experiences one misfortune after another and in the end it turns out that Nick Shadow is the devil himself...

British tenor James Edwards sings Tom Rakewell. The last time he performed at The Göteborg Opera was as Signor Pirelli in Sweeny Todd in 2008. Internationally acclaimed soprano Ingela Bohlin, who sang Susanna in our 2007 production of The Marriage of Figaro, performs the role of his fiancée Anne Trulove. Åke Zetterström performs the role of Nick Shadow, and in the role as Anne’s father, Trulove, we will see Mats Persson. Baba the Turk is sung by Ulrika Tenstam. This production of The Rake’s Progress is the second to be directed in Göteborg by David Radok. The previous production was performed at Stora Teatern in 1989. Lars-Åke Thessman has created the scenography and Karin Erskine the costumes. The production is a joint production with Det Kongelige Teater (The Royal Danish Theatre) in Copenhagen, where it premièred in February 2010. At the original première of The Rake's Progress in Venice in 1951 the composer himself conducted the orchestra. As The Göteborg Opera performs its first production of The Rake's Progress Finnish Okko Kamu will be conducting The Göteborg Opera Orchestra. He was a frequent guest performer at Stora Teatern during the 70s, and this is his first performance at The Göteborg Opera. He has had a long and illustrious international career and worked with most of the great orchestras world-wide.

You can attend the rehearsal of the production at the Main Stage on Tuesday September 7 from 2:30 pm.

For review tickets to the première on Saturday September 11 at 6 pm, please contact Anita Manskog at or on 031-10 80 34, by Tuesday September 7 at the latest.

The performance lasts approximately 2 hours and 50 minutes.

Media images will be available on from Wednesday

Best regards,
Christina Bjerkander
031-10 80 35
September 8.

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