PREVIEW OF "THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA" produced by OPERA BRITTENICA
ST. PETER'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH Cambridge, MA
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013, starting at 6:00 pm, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 838 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, the weekly "TUESDAY NIGHTS" concert series presents AN EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW OF OPERA BRITTENICA'S INAUGURAL PRODUCTION OF BENJAMIN BRITTEN'S OPERA "THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA"!!! Tickets are $10 at the door, and can also be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com. After the preview, the audience will be invited to watch a technical rehearsal of "THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA", just steps away at the YMCA Theater, 850 Massachusetts Avenue. A great and rare opportunity to see some of the work that goes into producing an opera. For more about OPERA BRITTENICA and to buy tickets to "THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA" please visit www.operabrittenica.com and for details of the "TUESDAY NIGHTS" concert series and directions to the venue please visit www.saintpeterscambridge.org/news-events/announcements/tuesdaynightconcertseries\
Opera Brittenica's Inaugural Production of Benjamin Britten's The Rape of Lucretia will take place on October 18, 20, 22, beginning at 7:30pm, at the YMCA Theatre, 850 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA, 02139. The conductor is Geoffrey Pope, the stage director Giselle Ty. Cast members include Jonathan Price, Joshua Collier, Emily Michiko Jensen, Aliana de la Guardia, RaShaun Campbell, Gvasi Barber, Zachary Ballard, Samuel Bowen, Colin Levin, Adrian Rosales, Sophie Michaux, Erika Mitchell, Stephanie Benkert, Alexandra Alene Dietrich, Katelyn Parker Bray and Kristin Young.
Opera Brittenica, led by Joshua Collier and David Sawicki, is Boston's newest musical organization, devoted to exploring and performing the varied works of Benjamin Britten. The company's mission is twofold: to significantly enrich the culture of musical performance that currently exists in Boston, and to provide the opportunity for local artists at the professional and pre-professional level to present the vast repertoire of Britten's music to all of Boston and the surrounding communities, without the pretense associated with stereotypical "opera."
Benjamin Britten was an English composer, conductor, and pianist and a central figure of 20th-century British classical music. He wrote music in many genres, from film scores to opera, to folk-song arrangements, but he is best known for his contribution to the Operatic repertoire. Born in Suffolk, the son of a dentist, Britten showed talent from an early age. He first came to public attention with the the choral work A Boy Was Born in 1934. With the premiere of Peter Grimes in 1945, he leapt to international fame. Over the next nine years, he wrote six more operas, establishing himself as one of the leading 20th-century composers in this genre. Britten's interests as a composer were wide-ranging; he produced important music in such varied genres as orchestral, choral, solo vocal (much of it written for his life partner, tenor Sir Peter Pears), chamber and instrumental, as well as film music. He also took a great interest in writing music for children and amateur performers, and was a renowned pianist and conductor. Together with Pears and the librettist/producer Eric Crozier, Britten founded the annual Aldeburgh Festival, and was responsible for the creation of Snape Maltings Concert Hall. Britten's music, although at times academic, never strays far from melodic, making it accessible to the untrained ear, and compelling for the seasoned musician and scholar.
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838 Massachusetts Avenue
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