The National Opera Association has announced the results of its 2009-2010 Opera Production Competition and CCM’s Mainstage and Studio Series of Operas have received some of the competition’s highest honors.
City officials of the Comune di Spoleto honored the artistic and cultural contributions of the CCM Spoleto Festival, now in its inaugural year, at a gala dinner on Saturday, August 7. The Pro Loco di Spoleto, a volunteer organization that promotes the city and local activities, hosted the reception.
This week, CCM proudly presents The Rape of Lucretia (1946). Virtue is threatened by corruption in this haunting chamber opera. In ancient times, the city of Rome has fallen into depravity and it seems the only honorable woman who remains is Lucretia. The king’s son seethes with jealousy, determined to test Lucretia’s chastity. The events that ensue become a symbol of the regime’s oppression, sparking an uprising among the people. Featuring some of Britten’s most beautiful music, the opera conveys with intense passion the struggle between evil and redemption. Sung in English with supertitles.