THE RAKE'S PROGRESS

1733: William Hogarth crafts ‘A Rake’s Progress,’ an eight-painting chronicle tracing the rise and fall of reprobate Tom Rakewell in 18th-century London society. The paintings are sensationally popular and the public snaps up engravings of them.


1951: Igor Stravinsky composes The Rake’s Progress, based on the Hogarths which premieres in Venice. A musical homage to Mozart, the opera blends comedy and drama à la Don Giovanni with Stravinsky’s wit and spiky humor. The surprised and delighted public snaps up tickets.


1975: David Hockney creates now-legendary scenic and costume designs for The Rake’s Progress at England’s Glyndebourne Festival. Interpreting Hogarth’s visual world through his own playful sensibilities, Hockney brings the opera’s time and place to exuberant life and the public snaps up tickets.


2015: The combined genius of Hogarth, Stravinsky and Hockney comes together here in Portland. The Rake’s Progress staging will be accompanied by a Portland Art Museum exhibition of Hogarth's prints as well as a selection of Hockney’s original drawings, watercolors, and designs for the production.


Sung in English with projected titles above the stage.

 

Cast 
Anne TruloveMaureen McKay
Baba the TurkAngela Niederloh
Tom RakewellJonathan Boyd
SellemIan José Ramirez
Nick ShadowDavid Pittsinger
  
Stage DirectorRoy Rallo
ConductorAri Pelto


 

 

 


 

KEY CHARACTERS


Trulove, a prosperous countryman
Anne, his daughter
Tom Rakewell, Anne’s fiancé
Nick Shadow, Tom’s servant
Mother Goose, a brothel keeper
Baba the Turk, a bearded lady from a sideshow
Sellem, an auctioneer


Act 1


In the garden of the Trulove’s country home, Tom Rakewell courts Anne Trulove. Her father has doubts about Tom and the marriage plans, so has arranged an accounting job in the city for the young man. Tom rejects the idea of such drudgery and plans instead to live by his wits and trust his luck. When he says, “I wish I had money,” Nick Shadow appears and tells Tom that he has inherited a fortune from an unknown uncle. Tom leaves for London, having hired Shadow as his servant. As soon as they arrive, Shadow introduces Tom to the debauchery of big-city life at Mother Goose’s brothel. Anne, having not heard from Tom since his departure, senses that he is in trouble of some sort and resolves to travel to London to help him.

 

Act 2

 

Tom has tired of London life and laments having left the country. When he says, “I wish I were happy,” Shadow suggests he display his freedom by marrying Baba the Turk, the celebrated bearded lady in a nearby side show. Tom considers the proposition and then agrees. Anne arrives and awaits Tom’s return. Eventually servants appear, carrying oddly shaped packages, followed by a sedan chair from which Tom alights. He tells Anne she must return to the country and forget him. When Baba appears at the sedan chair’s window, Tom admits to Anne that he has married the bearded lady. Anne leaves for home as Tom and his new bride enter his house. Tom soon finds life with Baba and her possessions to be impossible. She is a hot-tempered chatterbox whom he can quiet only by tossing his wig over her head. Tom falls asleep and dreams of a machine that can turn stones into bread—in essence a good deed for humanity that can prove his worthiness to Anne. As he awakes he says, “I wish it were true,” and Shadow immediately appears with just such a machine, suggesting it be mass-produced. Unaware that the device is a sham, Tom sets out to raise money to launch the invention.

 

Act 3

 

Tom’s plan has collapsed and all his possessions (including Baba the Turk) are being auctioned to pay his debts. Anne arrives during the sale and Baba urges her to find Tom, since he still loves her. Shadow, having fulfilled Tom’s three wishes, reveals his true identity and demands his wages—Tom’s soul. Tom pleads for his life and Shadow agrees to offer him one chance for escape, by winning a game of cards. Tom succeeds and Shadow sinks into oblivion, but not before condemning Tom to insanity. Anne visits the insane asylum, where Tom believes that she is Venus and he is Adonis, her beloved. She sings Tom to sleep, then is led away by her father. Tom awakens, but dies when he discovers that “Venus” is gone.

 

Epilogue

The principal characters point out the several morals of the tale, concluding with “For idle hands and hearts and minds, the Devil finds a work to do.”

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Maureen McKay — Anne Trulove

Soprano

Previously at Portland Opera: Gretel, Hansel and Gretel (2010).

 

Maureen McKay — Anne Trulove

Soprano

Previously at Portland Opera: Gretel, Hansel and Gretel (2010). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angela Niederloh — Baba the Turk

Mezzo-soprano

Previously at Portland Opera: Dame Quickly, Falstaff (2013); Dorabella, Così fan Tutte (2010); Giunone, La Calisto (2009); Angelina, Cinderella; Third Lady, The Magic Flute (2007)...

 

Angela Niederloh — Baba the Turk

Mezzo-soprano

Previously at Portland Opera: Dame Quickly, Falstaff (2013); Dorabella, Così fan Tutte (2010); Giunone, La Calisto (2009); Angelina, Cinderella; Third Lady, The Magic Flute (2007); Marchese Melibea, The Journey to Reims (2004); Sevant, My Fair Lady (1992). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Boyd — Tom Rakewell

Tenor

Previously at Portland Opera: Don Ottavio, Don Giovanni; Title role in Candide; Big Night Concert (2012); Jacquino, Fidelio (2008); Tamino, The Magic Flute (2007); Sam Kaplan, Street Scene (2005).

 

Jonathan Boyd — Tom Rakewell

Tenor

Previously at Portland Opera: Don Ottavio, Don Giovanni; Title role in Candide; Big Night Concert (2012); Jacquino, Fidelio (2008); Tamino, The Magic Flute (2007); Sam Kaplan, Street Scene (2005). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ian José Ramirez

Tenor

Previously at Portland Opera: Man with Old Luggage, Postcard From Morocco; Arturo, Lucia di Lammermoor (2014); Second Jew, Salome; Big Night Concert (2013).

 

Ian José Ramirez — Sellem

Tenor

Previously at Portland Opera: Man with Old Luggage, Postcard From Morocco; Arturo, Lucia di Lammermoor (2014); Second Jew, Salome; Big Night Concert (2013). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Pittsinger — Nick Shadow

Bass-baritone

Previously at Portland Opera: Jokanaan, Salome (2013); Count Almaviva, The Marriage of Figaro (2011); Title role in Don Giovanni (2006).

 

David Pittsinger — Nick Shadow

Bass-baritone

Previously at Portland Opera: Jokanaan, Salome (2013); Count Almaviva, The Marriage of Figaro (2011); Title role in Don Giovanni (2006).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roy Rallo

Director

Previously at Portland Opera: Norma (2007).

 

Roy Rallo

Director

Previously at Portland Opera: Norma (2007). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ari Pelto

Conductor

Previously at Portland Opera: The Marriage of Figaro (2011); Hansel and Gretel (2010); The Magic Flute (2007).

 

Ari Pelto

Conductor

Previously at Portland Opera: The Marriage of Figaro (2011); Hansel and Gretel (2010); The Magic Flute (2007). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Schedule

Jun 11, 2015
Thursday 7:30 pm
Jun 12, 2015
Friday 7:30 pm
Jun 14, 2015
Sunday 2:00 pm