HEATHER CARSON EXPLAINS HER CONTROVERSIAL APPROACH TO LIGHTING OPERA The Rape of Lucretia is a rule-breaker. Most operas accommodate big, active-voice emotions--passion, rage, longing, bloodlust--but in this work composer Benjamin Britten offers a cry of despair, using a tragedy from Roman history to explore his darkest fears about human nature. It is a violent, ugly story told in a restrained, classical manner. It is gripping in a way that many other, more bloodstained, operas are not. ...

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