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    The Rape of Lucretia

    Presented by Opera Brittenica at Cambridge YMCA Theatre

    October 18 - July 22, 2013


    The Rape of Lucretia

    The Rape of Lucretia was inspired by a French play by André Obey, and based on Shakespeare's epic poem of the same name. Composed in 1946, it has since been widely recognized as one of his most controversial and intriguing operas — partially due to its stark and seemingly simple presentation and its edgy libretto by Ronald Duncan. In a collection of brief scenes with anachronistic commentary from a two-voiced chorus, the opera depicts the rape of the wife of a Roman soldier (Lucretia) by the Etruscan Prince of Rome (Tarquinius), in addition to the motivations and effects of his impulses. Her subsequent suicide spurs the Romans to revolt and to overthrow the Etruscan rulership. Although the opera takes place five hundred years before the birth of Christ, the solo tenor (Male Chorus) and soprano (Female Chorus) view the story, and relay it to the audience through a decidedly Christian perspective.

    Sophie Michaux and Erika Mitchell, mezzo sopranos (Lucretia)
    Colin Levin and Adrian Rosales, baritones (Prince Tarquinius)
    Zachary Ballard, baritone (Junious)
    RaShaun Campbell, baritone (Collatinus)
    Kristin Young and Katelyn Parker Bray, sopranos (Lucia)
    Alexandra Alene Dietrich and Stephanie Benkert, mezzo-sopranos (Bianca)
    Aliana De La Guardia and Emily Michiko Jensen, sopranos (Female Chorus)
    Jonathan Price and Joshua Collier, tenors (Male Chorus)

    Cambridge YMCA Theatre

    820 Massachusetts Ave.
    Cambridge, MA 02139

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    Admission Info:

    Free, but the number of tickets are limited. Please go to for ticket information and availaibility

    General Day and Time Info:

    The performance will start at 7:30p each evening, and will alternate casts. Please visit our website to research cast information.

    Phone: (617) 575-9610

    Accessibility Information: Currently, no accessibility information is available for this event.

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