Pittsburgh Opera ends season with Pittsburgh premiere
April 30, May 3, 6, 8
‘The Rake’s Progress’
Pittsburgh Opera concludes its 77th season with the Pittsburgh premiere of the David Hockney production of Stravinsky’s “The Rake’s Progress,” April 30 and May 3, 6 and 8 at the Benedum Center.
The plot follows Tom Rakewell, who squanders his large inheritance on women, drinking and gambling. His journey from fortunate heir to gambler to inmate at Bedlam is based on a famous series of engravings by William Hogarth from 1732.
With jaw-dropping sets, props, wigs and costumes, Hockney mimics the feel of Hogarth’s original engravings, using black cross hatching and the three-color printers used in Hogarth’s time: red, blue and green. The performances are essentially a living David Hockney art installation set to Stravinsky’s beautiful neo-classical music.
Tickets start at $12.
For more information, visit www.pittsburghopera.org.