The Rape of Lucretia

Juilliard Opera

choreographer

by Benjamin Britten

director: Mary Birnbaum

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
"They have the benefit of choreographer Adam Cates, who engineers their fight movements as just another aspect of dance. Cates also does interesting things with four large production numbers involving more than 30 dancers each. Notable is 'Be Our Guest,' as the dining room crew presents Belle with her first meal. It’s a little Busby Berkeley, a little Ziegfeld Follies, a little 'The Nutcracker Suite' as the 'table' sets itself."
-The Wichita Eagle
"They have the benefit of choreographer Adam Cates, who engineers their fight movements as just another aspect of dance. Cates also does interesting things with four large production numbers involving more than 30 dancers each. Notable is 'Be Our Guest,' as the dining room crew presents Belle with her first meal. It’s a little Busby Berkeley, a little Ziegfeld Follies, a little 'The Nutcracker Suite' as the 'table' sets itself."
-The Wichita Eagle

© 2014 by Adam Cates