CU Presents: The Rake’s Progress

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Stravinsky's "The Rake’s Progress, a tale of idle hands and the trouble they cause," is based on a series of engravings by William Hogarth. The story follows Tom Rakewell during his descent from rural pleasures into the whirl of London society life, which leads him toward madness and despair. A collection of colorful characters, including the devil himself, lead Tom from pastoral happiness through an urban underbelly, illustrating life's temptations and pitfalls on this eclectic journey. The Rake’s Progress is a quirky, entertaining morality tale in which any opera lover will surely delight. Sung in English with English subtitles.

"The Rake's Progress" will be performed Friday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. in Macky Auditorium. The orchestra and ensemble are composed of CU College of Music students.

CU will be presenting an interdisciplinary Rake's Progress collaboration that also includes an exhibition at the CU Art Museum and a conference hosted by the Center for British and Irish Studies. Learn more at

You are welcome to bring your lunch and water to the Brown Bag Preview on Oct. 24 at noon but please do not bring coffee, tea, and soda into the Music Theatre.

Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office in University Club or online at Single Tickets start at $14. CU-Boulder Students with valid Buff OneCards can save up to 50% with the Concert Card, and Faculty/Staff get 25% off.


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