Girton College Chamber Music Scheme/Girton Opera presents...

The Rape of Lucretia
By Benjamin Britten

8:00pm, Wed 13th March 2013 at Old Hall, Girton College
8:00pm, Thu 14th March 2013 at Fitzpatrick Hall, Queens' College

It is the year 500 BC. Rome is at war. In an army camp on the outskirts of the city, the Generals Collatinus and Junius have been drinking with the Etruscan Prince of Rome, Tarquinius. But whilst the men fight and drink, what are their wives up to? Earlier, some soldiers had been sent back to Rome to see whose wife had remained the most faithful, with disastrous results. Now as wine flows and tempers rise, the resentment towards Collatinus, the only one whose wife was loyal, begins to boil over. Collatinus' chaste and beautiful Lucretia is more of a temptation than the hot-blooded Tarquinius can stand. What follows is the deeply disturbing psychological portrait of Lucretia's downfall.

Double-Olivier award winning actress Samantha Spiro and Britten scholar and broadcaster Dr Kate Kennedy have come together to direct "The Rape of Lucretia" with a thrilling ensemble of Cambridge University's most talented young singers and musicians.

Cast

Female Chorus - Janneke Dupre
Male Chorus - James Robinson
Tarquinius - Jack Lawrence-Jones
Lucretia - Nelli Orlova
Collatinus - Henry Hawkesworth
Junius - Dan D Souza
Bianca - Helen Charlston

Band

Violin 1 - Rhiannon Randle
Violin 2 - Matt Chambers
Bass - Dominic Nudd
Oboe - Hannah King
Flute - Katie Walton
Clarinet - David Mears
Bassoon - Tamsin Alexander
Harp - Niall Murphy
Piano - Jams Coleman
Percussion - Richard Souper

Production Team

Conductor/MD - Ben Glassberg
Director - Samantha Spiro
Co-Director - Dr Kate Kennedy
Producer - Emma Gait
Assistant MD - Rhiannon Randle
Stage Manager - Bryony Choy
Costume Designer - Sue Forward
Technical Director - Oliver Duff
Lighting Designer - Sarah Ward
Publicist - Craig Slade
Hair and makeup designer - Summer Callow
Stage Crew - Corey McKeegan
Badger - Ian Leith

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