Bienen Ensembles

Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress

Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 7:30pm

Cahn Auditorium

Joachim Schamberger, director; Dean Williamson, conductor; Donald Nally, chorus master; Benjamin Firer, graduate assistant conductor; Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra; Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble

Premiered in Venice in 1951, Igor Stravinsky’s opera has a libretto by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman loosely based on the eight William Hogarth paint­ings and engravings titled A Rake’s Progress. Equal parts tragedy and farce, the tale follows the moral decline and fall of Tom Rakewell, who exchanges a simple life with sweetheart Anne Truelove for the worldly pleasures of London in the company of the devious Nick Shadow. Stravinsky’s score deftly blends elements of 18th- and 20th-century music in this story of love, madness, and bargains with the devil.

Director's Note


Tickets are $18 for the general public and $8 for students with valid ID.

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Cahn Auditorium


600 Emerson Street
Evanston, IL 60208
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Cahn Auditorium is the largest performance space on campus, with more than 1,000 seats and an orchestra pit. The venue offers main floor and balcony seating. Larger Bienen School opera productions are held here.