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The Rake's Progress

Spring 2024


Spring 2024

Young Tom Rakewell’s quiet life with his sweetheart Anne is turned upside down when the mysterious Nick Shadow comes to his door with whispers of wealth and luxury. But Tom soon finds out that the Devil finds work for idle hands, and that the promises of London life aren’t what they seem.

Igor Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress is a cynical but sympathetic tale of a young man’s fall. ETO’s new production is helmed by Polly Graham, Artistic Director of Longborough Festival Opera, and the highly regarded conductor and composer Jack Sheen.

First performed at the Teatro La Fenice, Venice, on 11 September 1951
Libretto by W.H. Auden & Chester Kallman

  • ETO’s Rake is insightful, entertaining and of high quality: do not miss it.

    Seen and Heard International

  • It suits the fearless vim and vigour of a young cast who here deliver an invigorating set of performances that should give great pleasure on the current tour.

    Plays to See

  • Admirably played under the direction of Jack Sheen by an excellent orchestra that captures its thrusting energy

    The Times