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The Rape of Lucretia: gender trouble in ancient Rome

Glyndebourne's superb production of Benjamin Britten's opera asks some troubling questions

By Sameer Rahim  

Glyndebourne's production of Benjamin Britten's The Rape of Lucretia. Lucretia (Christine Rice) and Collatinus (Matthew Rose) © Robbie Jack

Late last month, some people in the audience at the Royal Opera House booed a performance of Gioacchino Rossini’s Guillaume Tell, which featured a lurid gang rape scene not in the original libretto. (The scene has been toned down for later performances.) What a contrast to Glyndebourne’s production of Benjamin Britten’s The…

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