Opera - The Rape of Lucretia
The Rape of Lucretia Op.37
ACT ONE - Scene One - The generals' tent in the camp outside Rome
Male Chrous Roe is now ruled by the Etruscan upstart . . .
Male Chorus Here the thirsty ev'ening has drunk the wine of light . . .
Collatinus Who reaches heaven first is the best philosopher . . .
Junius Good night, Tarquinius!
Male Chorus Tarquinius does not wait for his servant to wake
Scene Two - A room in Lucretia's house in Rome, the same evening
Lucretia Listen! I heard a knock. Somebody is at the gate . . .
Female Chorus Time turns upon the hands of women . . .
Female Chorus None of the women move. It is too laate for a messenger . . .
ACT TWO - Scene One - Lucretia's bedroom
Female Chorus The prosperity of the Etruscans was due to the richness . . .
Female Chorus She sleeps as a rose upon the night . . .
Tarquinius When Tarquinius desires, then Tarquinius will dare . . .
Tarquinius Within this frail crucible of light . . .
Female & Male Chorus Here in this scene you see Virtue assailed by sin . . .
Scene Two - A room in Lucretia's house, the next morning
Lucia O what a lovely day . . .
Hush! Here she comes!
Lucretia Flowers bring to ev'ry year the same perfection . . .
Collatinus Lucretia! Lucretia! O never again must we two dare to part . . .
Collatinus This dead hand lets fall all that my heart held when full . . .
Female Chorus Is it all? Is all this suffering and pain, in this in vain? . . .
Alan Opie baritone
Alastair Miles bass
Ameral Gunson mezzo-soprano
Catherine Pierard soprano
Donald Maxwell baritone
Jean Rigby contralto
Nigel Robson tenor
Patricia Rozario soprano
5-8 July 1993