THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA | MAR 11-172019-01-09T09:42:42+00:00


Music by Benjamin Britten
Libretto by Ronald Duncan
After the play by André Obey
Sung in English


MON 11 | 7:30 PM
WED 13 | 7:30 PM
FRI 15 | 7:30 PM
SAT 16 | 7:30 PM
SUN 17 | 5:00 PM


Unflinching and haunting, The Rape of Lucretia explores the devastating impact of a single act of violence—forever altering an individual, a family, a community, and a society. Britten’s heartbreaking and lyrical 20th Century chamber opera resonates as an ancient yet relevant story, illuminating compelling and complex emotions today.
As the title indicates, The Rape of Lucretia contains scenes of violence, misogyny, and sexual assault. In order to help you best prepare for the opera, please note that this synopsis contains plot details and events.

A Male and Female Chorus explain the situation in Rome: the city has been seized by a foreign power and is ruled by fear and terror. Tarquinius, the debauched new prince, is leading its forces against a Greek invasion. The Male and Female Chorus describe themselves as observers from a later, Christian era.
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Conductor David Angus
Stage Director Sarna Lapine
Set Designer Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams
Costume Designer Robert Perdziola
Lighting Designer Joey Moro

Kelley O’Connor as Lucretia, THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA, Boston Lyric Opera, 2019
Kelley O’Connor as Lucretia
Duncan Rock as Tarquinius, THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA, Boston Lyric Opera, 2019
Duncan Rock as Tarquinius
Nancy Maultsby as Bianca, THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA, Boston Lyric Opera, 2019
Nancy Maultsby as Bianca
Brandon Cedel as Collatinus, THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA, Boston Lyric Opera, 2019
Brandon Cedel as Collatinus

David McFerrin as Junius
Jesse Darden as Male Chorus
Antonia Tamer as Female Chorus
Sara Womble as Lucia


Artists for Humanity EpiCenter

100 West 2nd Street,
Fort Point, Boston

Harvard University Ray Lavietes Pavilion

THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA will be performed in the newly renovated and expanded Artists for Humanity EpiCenter, rendered above. Learn more at

Directions and Parking

The Artists for Humanity EpiCenter is accessible to all patrons, and access seating will available for this production. Information on seating will be available in the Winter of 2018.

A self-serve coat check will be available.

Concessions will be available for purchase.