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Total duration 2 h 50 min
1 intermission (25 min)
10 performances
18.3.2016 – 6.5.2016
Operas
Main auditorium
tickets
15-126 €
Performed in English
Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English

It is only a short step from pleasure to ruin

Tom Rakewell inherits a fortune, hires Nick Shadow as his assistant and goes off to enjoy life, forgetting all about Ann Trulove. But who is this mysterious Nick Shadow, and exactly what will he claim in return for his services?

The Rake’s Progress was originally a set of prints created by William Hogarth in the 18th century, a morality tale depicting a young man’s path from pleasure to ruin. Igor Stravinsky turned it into an opera that graciously pays homage to the conventions of the art form, with added elements from the tale of Faust. Stravinsky made his name with the primeval force of his ballets, but here he turned to a Neo-Classical style and crafted arias and ensemble scenes with the elegance of Mozart’s era.

The return of this classic to the FNO has been eagerly awaited, as the previous production was staged almost 60 years ago. With the multiple award-winning Dmitri Bertman as director, the production promises to be both surprising and effective.

Hulttion tie

“Tom is an innocent, open-minded and sensitive young man who has led a sheltered life in the country. Wishing to see more of life, he is led by Nick Shadow to London. The temptations and evil of the world corrupt and harden his soul quite surprisingly.”

– Tuomas Katajala in Ooppera & Baletti magazine

Synopsis

Anne Trulove and Tom Rakewell are in love, and everything seems to be going well for them. But then Nick Shadow appears, announcing that Tom has received an inheritance and offering his services. Shadow leads Tom to London, where Tom succumbs to the delights of a brothel. He even ends up marrying a bearded Turkish lady named Baba, simply to prove that he can do whatever he wants. The marriage ends in an argument. Tom finds a new way to make money: Shadow has a machine that can turn stone into bread.

The machine proves a failure, however, and Tom goes bankrupt. Meanwhile, Anne is searching for Tom, and Baba assures her that he still misses her. Nick Shadow takes Tom to a cemetery and demands Tom’s soul as payment for his services. Tom is given a last chance, however: if he guesses three playing cards correctly, he will be spared. In the event, Tom saves his soul but loses his mind and is confined to an asylum. Anne finds him and sings him a final lullaby.

Creative team

Musiikinjohto
Eivind Gullberg Jensen
Director
Dmitri Bertman
Sets
Hartmut Schörghofer
Costumes
Erika Turunen
Lighting design
Thomas Hase
Koreografi
Edvald Smirnov

Cast

Tom rakewell
Steve Davislim
Anne
Hanna Rantala

Performances & Tickets

2 h 50 min
1 intermission (25 min)
10 performances
18.3.2016 – 6.5.2016
Operas
Main auditorium
tickets
15-126 €
Performed in English
Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English
Fri 18.3.2016
at 19:00
Sat 19.3.2016
at 19:00
Wed 30.3.2016
at 19:00
Fri 1.4.2016
at 19:00
Sat 9.4.2016
at 19:00
Sat 16.4.2016
at 12:00
Thu 21.4.2016
at 19:00
Wed 27.4.2016
at 19:00
Fri 29.4.2016
at 19:00
Fri 6.5.2016
at 19:00

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