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The Rake's Progress


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by Stravinsky.
A special television performance of the last five scenes of the opera.
Glyndebourne Festival Chorus
(Chorus-Master, Peter Gellhorn)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
(Leader, Steven Staryk)
Conducted by Bryan Balkwill
From Glyndebourne Opera House
This production was first presented by Glyndebourne for the Edinburgh Festival and the scenery and costumes are used by arrangement with the Edinburgh Festival Society.
A special performance before an invited audience
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Composer: Stravinsky
Libretto/Prologue for television written by: W. H. Auden
Libretto/Prologue for television written by: Chester Kallman
Singers: Glyndebourne Festival Chorus
Chorus-Master: Peter Gellhorn
Musicians: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
[Orchestra] leader: Steven Staryk
[Orchestra] conducted by: Bryan Balkwill
Producer: Carl Ebert
Head of Music Staff: Jani Strasser
Designer: Osbert Lancaster
Television presentation: Peter Ebert
Television presentation: Antony Craxton
Cast: in order of singing:
Anne: Elsie Morison
Tom Rakewell: Richard Lewis
Baba the Turk: Gloria Lane
Nick Shadow: Otakar Kraus
Sellem, auctioneer: Hugues Cuenod
Madhouse keeper: Gwyn Griffiths
Trulove, Anne's father: David Ward

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