It is an intense piece, to say the least, but one that is ideal for the intimacy of the staging at the Arcola. The complexities of the structure are more clear-cut when witnessed close up. The male and female chorus hold the narrative together and they very much involve the audience; shaping the emotional response as they uncover the events.
One day, Sextus invited his friends for supper and drinks at his house. Among his guests was Tarquinius Collatinus, one of his distant kinsmen.
The men started talking about their wives and, fueled by wine, each of them praised his own wife excessively. Collatinus finally declared that no one was more worthy than his wife, Lucretia.
Tarquinius Superbus Public Domain As his friends scoffed, Collatinus invited them to ride their horses to his house and see for themselves what his wife was doing at home. The men agreed and they all went on horseback to the city.
They visited each of their houses and found every single one of their wives getting ready for a night out. Finally, they arrived at the house of Collatinus and found Lucretia, with her servants, working on her spinning in the middle of her house.
Collatinus was, at this time, away at Ardea. Lucretia received him graciously and granted him the hospitality according to his status as the son of the king.
Sextus waited until everyone else was asleep before taking up his sword and went to Lucretia's bedroom. Placing his sword against her, Sextus woke Lucretia with a low voice and declared his love for her.
Everyone will say that you were killed during a dishonorable act of adultery. After he raped Lucretia, he left. Tarquin and Lucretia, by Titian. When she saw them, Lucretia began to cry. She told them what has happened to her and charged them to avenge her honor. Lucretia said, Nec ulla deinde inpudica Lucretiae exemplo vivet.
She died amid the cries of her husband and father. Overthrowing the King of Rome Brutus, who came with Collatinus, took the dagger from Lucretia's wound, called the grieving party to order and proposed that they drive the Tarquinii from Rome.
To enjoy the rest of this article please join us there. When you subscribe, you get immediate and full access to all Premium articlesfree eBooks, webinars by expert guests, discounts for online stores, and much more!Jan 27, · Jeffrey Gall, Director | Brent Chancellor, Conductor In the corridors of power, jealousy and ambition lead to sexual violence and a suicide.
Where is. THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA | full synopsis 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.
Late at night, the prince entered Lucretia's room, and attempted to rape her. She resisted until he threateded to kill both her and a slave, and make it seem that she had been killed when caught in an act of audultery.
The legendary rape of Roman noblewoman Lucretia by Tarquin, king of Rome, and her subsequent suicide are credited as inspiring the revolt against the Tarquin family by Lucius Junius Brutus which led to the founding of the Roman Republic.
Lucretia: Lucretia, legendary heroine of ancient Rome. According to tradition, she was the beautiful and virtuous wife of the nobleman Lucius Tarquinius Collatinus. Her tragedy began when she was raped by Sextus Tarquinius, son of Lucius Tarquinius Superbus, the tyrannical Etruscan king of Rome.
Lucretia (Public Domain) A few days later, Sextus returned to the house of Collatinus. Collatinus was, at this time, away at Ardea. Lucretia received him graciously and granted him the hospitality according to his status as the son of the king.