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2004-2005 Season

The Rake's Progess
by Igor Stravinsky

Brent McMunn, conductor
Ken Cazan, stage director

Peter Harrison, set designer

David Jacques, lighting designer

Jennifer Collins, costume designer

THE RAKE'S PROGRESS, written from 1947-1951 by an ardent WWII pacifist (WH Auden) and a Russian ex-patriot (Igor Stravinsky), both living in Los Angeles, is much more modern than one might suppose. I have chosen to set it in the period in which it was conceived. Post WWII England and, more specifically, London, were hot beds of deprivation and degradation. Extreme rationing of basic foods and goods (which lasted until the late 1950s) and monstrous piles of rubble from the German bombings made London a prime location for black marketeering, hooliganism, and, in order to escape the hideous reality outside of one’s front door, hedonism on every level. At this time of need, Tom Rakewell’s journey to find himself while battling with inertia and apathy rings as true today as it did in post WWII London and, indeed, in the 18th century in which the opera was originally set.

(Ken Cazan, March 2005)



Rake's Progress Image


Friday April 22 | 8:00 PM
Saturday April 23 | 2:00 PM
, 8:00 PM
Sunday April 24 | 2:00 PM

Tickets: (213) 740-2167

$18 general admission
$12 seniors & non-USC students
Free admission at the door with valid USC ID


Evening Cast

Matinee Cast