Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of THE RAKE'S PROGRESS at Pittsburgh Opera

Pittsburgh Opera concludes its 77th season with the Pittsburgh premiere of the David Hockney production of Stravinsky's THE RAKE'S PROGRESS. The production runs April 30 and May 3, 6 & 8, 2016. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in costume below!

The plot follows Tom Rakewell, who squanders his large inheritance on women, drinking and gambling. Tom's journey from fortunate heir, to gambler, to inmate at Bedlam is based on a famous series of engravings by William Hogarth from 1732. The opera itself is by Igor Stravinsky, who was inspired by Hogarth's engravings. It premiered in 1951. The libretto was written by poets W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman.

Pittsburgh Opera is performing the David Hockney production, with jaw-dropping sets, props, wigs and costumes designed by "the most influential British artist of all time." Hockney mimics the feel of Hogarth's original engravings, using black cross hatching and the three colors printers used in Hogarth's time: red, blue and green.

The performances are essentially a living David Hockney art installation set to Stravinsky's beautiful neo-classical music.

Sung in the original English with projected English titles. All performances at the Benedum Center. Click here for tickets and more information.

Photo Credit: David Bachman Photography.

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Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of THE RAKE'S PROGRESS at Pittsburgh Opera
Anne Trulove (Layla Claire) shares a tender moment with her beau Tom Rakewell (Alek Shrader)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of THE RAKE'S PROGRESS at Pittsburgh Opera
Anne Trulove (Layla Claire) can see right through the empty promises of Nick Shadow (David Pittsinger)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of THE RAKE'S PROGRESS at Pittsburgh Opera
Tom Rakewell (Alek Shrader) is excited by the temptations Nick Shadow (David Pittsinger) suggests

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of THE RAKE'S PROGRESS at Pittsburgh Opera
Alek Shrader as Tom Rakewell

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of THE RAKE'S PROGRESS at Pittsburgh Opera
Layla Claire as Anne Trulove

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of THE RAKE'S PROGRESS at Pittsburgh Opera
David Pittsinger as Nick Shadow

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of THE RAKE'S PROGRESS at Pittsburgh Opera
Anne Trulove (Layla Claire) and Nick Shadow (David Pittsinger) compete for Tom Rakewell's (Alek Shrader) heart and soul