The Rape of Lucretia

Juilliard Opera


by Benjamin Britten

director: Mary Birnbaum

scenic design: Grace Laubacher

lighting design: Anshuman Bhatia

photo credit: Ken Howard

"Mary Birnbaum’s riveting production for Juilliard Opera stripped away the layers of artifice and confronted us bluntly with the sexual violence at the work’s core... The rape itself proceeded shockingly, gruelingly; the balletic grace with which it which it was enacted made it seem all that much more tragically inevitable... The production served as an apt showcase for all of these young performers. But it was also as near ideal a presentation of The Rape of Lucretia as you could hope to encounter"
-Opera News

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