Q&A with Duncan Rock

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Last week we broadcast the Sunday 9 August performance of The Rape of Lucretia in cinemas across the country and online.

Director Fiona Shaw’s production of Britten’s chamber opera, which features a cast of just eight voices and 13 players in the orchestra, first debuted at Glyndebourne during Tour 2013.

The opera is narrated by a post-WWII couple, who dig into the past and their own emotional response to the tragic events depicted from the time before the fall of Etruscan Rome.

The Rape of Lucretia has received five-star reviews and been described as ‘music drama of the very highest power and quality’ by Rupert Christiansen of the Telegraph.

Before the performance we spoke to Duncan Rock, who plays Tarquinius, the Etruscan prince of Rome, to find out about his experience in the production at Festival 2015.

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See The Rape of Lucretia

The Festival 2015 production, directed by Fiona Shaw and featuring Duncan Rock, Christine Rice and Matthew Rose, is available to watch on demand until midnight on Sunday 16 August. The next opera available to watch online will be Donizetti’s Poliuto, our Festival 2015 opening production.

Just one performance on 19 August now remains for this production of an opera so important to the history of Glyndebourne.

Have you seen Duncan Rock in The Rape of Lucretia this summer? What makes Britten such an exceptional composer? Leave a comment and let us know what you think.