The Rake's Progress

  • Michael Aiello as Nick Shadow and Christian Sanders as Tom Rakewell

Do you have a dark side? Experience Tom Rakewell’s descent from happiness when he gives up true love for sex, money, and eventual madness. After all, "for idle hands and hearts and minds the Devil finds a work to do."

Stravinsky's The Rake’s Progress is based on a series of famous engravings by William Hogarth. The story follows Tom Rakewell during his descent from rural pleasures into the whirl of London society life, which leads him toward madness and despair. A collection of colorful characters, including the devil himself, illustrate life's temptations and pitfalls on this eclectic journey. CU Opera's extraordinary production is presented in a steampunk style and sung in English.

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CU will be presenting an interdisciplinary Rake's Progress collaboration that also includes an exhibition at the CU Art Museum and a conference hosted by the Center for British and Irish Studies.

Tom Rakewell - Christian Sanders
Anne Trulove - Chelsea Lewis
Nick Shadow - Michael Aiello
Baba the Turk - Anna Engländer
Father Trulove - Luke Williams
Sellem - Max Hosmer
Mother Goose - MaryBeth Verchot
Keeper of the Madhouse - Zac Garcia

One hour before curtain in the balcony of Macky
Friday - Paul Miller, Instructor of Music Theory
Sunday - Professor Matthew Carlson from High Point University, an expert on Auden and the author of “Opera Addict: W. H. Auden’s Operatic Theory and Its Influence on The Rake’s Progress”

Macky Auditorium • Directions & ParkingSeating (PDF)

Scenes from the opening Act of Rake's Progress

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Preconcert Lecturer (Friday Only)
Preconcert Lecture (Sunday Only)
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  • Season Tickets (CU Opera, Classics + Opera or Choice Option)
  • Friday night tickets on sale at the door starting at 6:45pm
  • Sunday afternoon tickets available online until 11am Sunday, then starting at 1:15pm at the door
  • Single tickets start at $14

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