The Rake’s Progress – 25/09/1989

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Title The Rake’s Progress
Start Date 25/09/1989
End Date 30/09/1989
Abstract “…’The Rake’s Progress’ makes its point through seduction rather than confrontation, awell as charting the decline and fall of a young man who squanders his inherited wealth, deserts his true love and ends up in Bedlam; the work is a commentary on the whole operatic tradition.” The performance was intended to provide “a good night out”, punctuated “with sharp social comment, a la Brecht” including a commitment to visual and “challenging staging”.
Music Director Warwick Stengards
Author Stravinsky, Igor/Hogarth/Auden, W H
Director Laurence Strangio
Company Chamber Opera Society
Venue Union Theatre
Extra Notes Revue
References from: Theatre Production DB; Review; TB minutes 7/89
Cast Rodney Vapp – Tom Penny Rizos – ? Daniel Gare – Nick Shadow Gina McColl – assistant director
Reviews – Review in “The Age”, 29th September 1989, by Fiona Capp. – Review in “The Sydney Morning Herald”, 1/10/89 by Jim Davidson.
Photo Photocopy of front cover of programme for co-production of Chamber Opera’s “Don Giovanni” and Treason of Images’ “The Lulu Players”.
Notes – story written by Hogarth – liberetto by W H Auden – music by Igor Stravinsky Application for funding includes financial details and list of previous shows.