The Royal Opera House Announces Cast for ‘The Rape of Lucretia’

By David Salazar

The Royal Opera House has announced the full casting for Britten’s “The Rape of Lucretia.”

The opera, which opens on Oct. 29 at Britten Pears Arts, Snape Maltings before heading to the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House on Nov. 13, will star Anne Marie Stanley in the title role. She will be joined by Carolyn Holt, Sarah Dufresne, Jolyon Loy, Anthony Reed, Kieran Rayner, Sydney Baedke, and Michael Gibson. Corinna Niemeyer conducts.

Oliver Mears directs. Annemarie Woods will design the sets with D.M. Wood doing lighting. Movement director will be Sarita Piotrowski and there will be an intimacy coordinator on set.

“’The R*pe of Lucretia’ is a tense, troubled and dangerous opera – one of Britten’s finest,” Mears said in an official press statement. “The responsibility towards the piece and its traumatic subject matter makes it a daunting opera for any creative team. But by finding its deepest, most innermost resonances (with Britten’s own life as well as with the apocalyptic circumstances of his time – and ours) we will, we hope, allow it to speak with unbearable power for audiences for now.”

The opera runs from Oct. 29-30 at Snape Maltings and from Nov. 13-22 at the Linbury Theatre.