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The Rape of Lucretia: Legendary Tale, Uniquely Staged

A haunting production of violation, outrage and political fallout for an indifferent Roman aristocracy – in a setting of east meets west.

by Benjamin Britten

The Rape of Lucretia

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The University of Tennessee Opera Theatre will perform Benjamin Britten’s two-act opera, The Rape of Lucretia, on April 12-14 at the Carousel Theatre on campus.

Directed by James Marvel and conducted by Kevin Class, The Rape of Lucretia, is a semi-legendary tale about a historical incident that sparked revolt against a tyrannical Roman king.

“If anyone questions the future of opera in this country, he/she needs to see this focused group of immensely talented young singers and musicians on stage,” says UT Opera Theatre’s Music Director Kevin Class.

Under Marvel’s direction, the costumes and sets of Lucretia will depart from traditional interpretations of this opera, while Britten’s haunting music and lyrics remain untouched.

Though set in Rome, scenery and costumes – designed by UT Theatre students Joseph Reynoso and Joscelyne Oktabetz – will have an Eastern flavor, with a hint of Asian Butoh. Butoh is a 60’s stylized dance from Japan with isolated, representational body movements.

Once again, Marvel will utilize the talents of UT student lighting designer, Tim Hart, and of New Yorker, S. Katy Tucker, projection-and-video designer extraordinaire.

Performances are scheduled April 12-14, 2013 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 p.m., and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students.

The UT Opera Theatre is committed to being the best ticket in town. We promise not to let you down.

Directed by James Marvel, UTOT Director
Conducted by Kevin Class, UTOT Music Director

  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday:  April 12-14, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday matinee:  April 14, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.

Carousel Theatre (next to Clarence Brown Theater)
1714 Andy Holt Avenue, Knoxville TN 37996


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