‘Opera at its most nakedly powerful’.
This is how the Daily Telegraph described Fiona Shaw’s production of The Rape of Lucretia, first presented on the Glyndebourne Tour 2013 in celebration of the centenary of one of England’s greatest composers.
Britten coined the term ‘chamber opera’ to describe this intimate, haunting masterpiece. It deploys a cast of eight and an orchestra of just 13 players to stunningly colourful and evocative effect.
Britten offsets lean, dramatic declamation with passages of meltingly lyrical beauty.
Recorded live at Glyndebourne Opera House, Festival 2015.