The Rake’s Progress

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The Rake’s Progress is an English-language opera from 1951 in three acts and an epilogue by Igor Stravinsky. The libretto is by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman.

The original text

Based loosely on the eight paintings and engravings A Rake's Progress (1733–1735) of William Hogarth, which Stravinsky had seen on 2 May 1947, in a Chicago exhibition.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

2011: Presented by Cape Town Opera (30 August – 3 September)


Wayne Muller. 2018. A reception history of opera in Cape Town: Tracing the development of a distinctly South African operatic aesthetic (1985–2015). Unpublished PhD thesis.

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