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Robert Croan
Opera News, February 2017

Christine Rice, in the title role, and Duncan Rock, as Tarquinius, are beautiful people with beautiful voices. Each has a personal magnetism that captures the camera and makes the rape scene palpably terrifying. Even more chilling is Rice’s flowers aria, a veritable mad scene in context. Accelerating the horror, Shaw gives the heroine a Shakespearean death, falling on the knife of her servant. Rock exudes sexuality in his persona, and his high baritone has presence of its own, though he doesn’t fully convey the predator’s self-doubts in his great monologue on entering Lucretia’s bedroom, “Within this frail crucible of light.”

Matthew Rose does convey Collatinus’s humanity and understanding, in his resounding, flexible vocalism and expressive demeanor. The duet that precedes Lucretia’s suicide—with tiny instrumental solos that tell us even more than the words—is a heartbreaking climax so immediate and personal that it becomes hard to watch.

Catherine Wyn-Rogers, as Bianca, and Louise Adler, as Lucia, give colorful, individualized portrayals of Lucretia’s maidservants. The deep contralto of Wyn Rogers, who is also in the ENO cast, is a special asset in this compelling artist’s ability to elevate a supporting role to front-and-center status. © 2017 Opera News Read complete review




BBC Music Magazine, November 2016

The singing by the principals is eloquent and sensual… © 2016 BBC Music Magazine




Tim Ashley
Gramophone, October 2016

BRITTEN, B.: Rape of Lucretia (The) (Glyndebourne, 2015) (NTSC) OA1219D
BRITTEN, B.: Rape of Lucretia (The) (Glyndebourne, 2015) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7206D

…beautifully acted and sung. Rice wrings your heart throughout and her self-lacerating final scenes have a harrowing immediacy. Clayton and Royal are engrossing as their relationship buckles under strain before winning through to newly found mutual understanding: both are in fine voice; Royal, sometimes castigated for slipshod diction, has no difficulty projecting the text here. Rock, lethally handsome, superbly captures the violence beneath Tarquinius’s surface charm. Lyrical yet incisive in his approach, conductor Leo Hussain gets finely detailed playing from his LPO instrumentalists, with every flicker of colour speaking volumes. © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Michael Schulman
The WholeNote, September 2016

The singers are all vocally and dramatically terrific and the staging stark, powerful and moving.

Intensely gripping, strongly recommended. © 2016 The WholeNote Read complete review





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