Music by Benjamin Britten
Libretto by Ronald Duncan
After the play by André Obey
A New BLO Production
Sung in English with English surtitles


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

Performance running time is approximately 110 minutes, with no intermission. Due to the nature of this production, any patrons who arrive after the start of the show will not be able to access their ticketed seats and any patrons who get up during the performance will not be able to return to their original seat. Alternative seating will be provided. TALKBACKS will be held immediately following each performance.


A devastating act of violence, and one woman’s decision to speak the truth—the story of Lucretia ignited a nation and has entranced artists like Shakespeare, Botticelli and more for centuries. Through Britten’s searing and intimate score, experience a legend of lust, power, and politics that resonates powerfully from ancient times to ours.

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Lucretia sketch by Costume Designer Robert Perdziola

Lucretia sketch by Costume Designer Robert Perdziola

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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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