In his Poetics of Music, Igor Stravinsky wondered how, for a composer, past and present, and tradition and renewal relate to each other. He came to the conclusion that we renew a tradition in order to make something new. And that is what he achieved in The Rake's Progress, when he looked back to 18th-century opera as he composed a 20th-century 'number opera'. William Hogarth's moralising and satirical engravings provided him and his librettists with inspiration for the adventures of Tom Rakewell, who squandered his fortune - and trifled with love - in a riotous life. The Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan, who has made unforgettable debuts in several roles at La Monnaie, is emerging increasingly as a complete artist. In the 2018-19 international tour of this semi-staged Rake's Progress with the LUDWIG collective, she will be making her debut as... an operatic conductor.
News About The Rake's Progress at La Monnaie De Munt
BWW Interview: Russian Tenor Bogdan Volkov Tuned In On His LA Opera Debut in THE MAGIC FLUTE
November 10, 2019
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's classic THE MAGIC FLUTE opens this week at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Saturday November 16, 2019; under the baton of James Conlon (with Grant Gershon conducting on December 1, 12 and 15). This will be the third LA Opera mounting of 1927 and Barrie Kosky's avant-garde THE MAGIC FLUTE merging animation with live performance. I had the chance to present a few questions to Bodgan Volkov, who's making his Los Angeles Opera debut as Tamino, the prince and current bearer of the magic flute.
THE RAKE'S PROGRESS Comes to La Monnaie De Munt 3/25 - 3/26!
March 15, 2019
THE RAKE'S PROGRESS, a semi-staged opera, is playing at La Monnaie De Munt in Belgium on March 25 and 26, 2019.