Craig Kier discusses Britten and RAPE OF LUCRETIA on WETA

Wolf Trap opera‘s 2016 summer season begins with a Benjamin Britten masterpiece–The Rape of Lucretia.  Performances of the chamber opera are June 10, 12, 15, and 18.  Classical WETA morning host David Ginder chats with Lucretia conductor Craig Kier about how Britten masterfully tells a difficult story on the opera stage, how chamber opera is at least as dramatic as Puccini and Verdi, and about the informative DC-area-wide Lucretia Project.

Collaboration is key to the magnificent “Song From the Uproar”

There must also be words devoted to Subbaraman, who was the music director for the production. He and his five musicians are upstage for the entire performance, and watching him conduct is a full-blown treat in itself. Watching him take musicians and singers through the emotional highs and lows of the music, carelessly wiping his steaming brow with the sleeve of his shirt, and demanding and offering all that the music has to offer is a sight to behold.