Title

Rape of Lucretia

Year of production

2006

Dates of production

Feb 2, 2006 to Feb 2, 2006

Venue

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston

Neighborhood

Chicago Loop

Director(s)

von Rueden, Brian

Theater company type

Academic

University department/academic group, as advertised

Chicago College of Performing Arts

University

Roosevelt University

Other contributor(s)

musical preparation: Robert Katkov-Travino
piano accompaniment: Dana Brown

Play author (as advertised)

Britten, Benjamin

Primary ancient source

Ovid

Other ancient source(s)

Livy

Language(s)

English

Performative genre(s)

opera

Notes

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs's 2nd Annual Cultural Center Day of Opera
students from Roosevelt, DePaul, Northwestern, and other groups performed scenes/excerpts of operas
Act I, Scene 2 was performed by students from CCPA and Millenium Chamber Players. Note on sources: the libretto of the opera was largely based on Andre Obey's Le Viol de Lucrece (1931) and also on works by Livy, Shakespeare, Nathaniel Lee, Thomas Heywood, and F. Ponsard. Obey's play was based on Shakespeare's poem The Rape of Lucrece (1594). Shakespeare's two main ancient sources were Livy (Ab Urbe Condita - a history of Rome) and Ovid (Fasti, or "Festivals"), and Chaucer's The Legende of Good Women was also a source. It is unknown whether Shakespeare used the Latin texts or translations of them.
libretto by Ronald Duncan

Source(s) of information

Article from US States News, Feb. 6, 2006
Benjamin Britten: His Life and Operas, by Eric Walter White (1970)
The Poems, edited by John Roe (2006)

Street

430 S. Michigan Ave.

City

Chicago