Tacoma Opera presents
The Rape of Lucretia
by Benjamin Britten
February 1, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. (Preview Performance)
February 3, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
February 8, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
February 10, 2019 at 2:00 pm.
Theater on the Square
Tickets: $26, $36, $46, $56
(Sung in English with English supertitles
Please note that, due to inclement weather and in the interest of patron and staff safety, the February 8 performance of The Rape of Lucretia has been cancelled. The Box Office is in the process of contacting patrons. If you have additional questions, please call 253.591.5894.
According to Roman tradition, Lucretia, who died in 510 BC, was a noblewoman in ancient Rome whose rape by Sextus Tarquinius, an Etruscan king's son, was the cause of a rebellion that overthrew the Roman monarchy and led to the transition of a kingdom to a republic. Britten takes this ancient tale and transforms it into a dramatic work of hubris and great human suffering, narrated by two compassionate storytellers, male and female. The work is one of Britten's most intimate and moving works and is a masterpiece of the chamber opera genre.