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: The English Opera Group presents a performance from Glyndebourne Opera House of the opera ' THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA'

by Benjamin Britten
Libretto by Ronald Duncan , after the play ' Le Viol de Lucrece ' by Andre Obey
Produced by Eric Crozier
Cast in order of singing
The English Opera Group
Chamber Orchestra
(Leader, Jack Kessler )
Conductor, Reginald Goodall
Act 1
Scene 1: The generals' tent in the camp outside Rome
Interlude: The ride to Rome
Scene 2: Lucretia's house in Rome, the same evening


Unknown: Benjamin Britten
Unknown: Ronald Duncan
Unknown: Andre OBEy
Produced By: Eric Crozier
Leader: Jack Kessler
Conductor: Reginald Goodall
Male Chorus: Peter Pears
Female Chorus: Emelie Hooke
Collatinus, a Roman general: Norman Lumsden
Junius, a Roman general: Denis Dowling
Tarquinius, an Etruscan prince: Otakar Kraus
Lucretia wife of Collatinus: Kathleen Ferrier
Bianca nurse to Lucretia: Flora Neilsen
Lucia, maid to Lucretia: Irene Eisinger


The third of four illustrated talks by William Glock on his recent visit to Munich, Vienna, Berlin, Hamburg, and Copenhagen


Unknown: William Glock


Talk by the Rev. V. A. Demant , D.Litt., Canon of St. Paul's


Unknown: Rev. V. A. Demant


Act 2
Scene 1: Lucretia's bedroom, the same night
Interlude: Chorale
Scene 2: Lucretia's house, the next morning


Extracts from Langland's poem
Arranged for broadcasting by Nevill Coghill
Produced by Stephen Potter
Principal readers:
Cecil Trouncer ,
Cathleen Nesbitt , and Valentine Dyall
This reading includes the famous vision of Christ's harrowing of Hell and the coming of the Anti-Christ, and the world in disaster seeking for Piers Plowman


Broadcasting By: Nevill Coghill
Produced By: Stephen Potter
Readers: Cecil Trouncer
Readers: Cathleen Nesbitt


William Parsons (baritone)
Frederick Stone (accompanist)
Zorian String Quartet:
Olive Zorian (violin), Marjorie Lavers (violin), Winifred Copperwheat (viola), Norina Semino (cello)


Baritone: William Parsons
Accompanist: Frederick Stone
Violin: Olive Zorian
Violin: Marjorie Lavers
Violin: Winifred Copperwheat
Cello: Norina Semino

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