The 2014-15 season of matinee broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera on Classical 90.5 concludes this Saturday, May 9, with a performance of The Rake's Progress by Igor Stravinsky. The libretto was authored by W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman, telling a story inspired by the eight paintings and engravings that make up the series entitled A Rake's Progress of 1733–1735 by William Hogarth, which Stravinsky had seen in an exhibition in Chicago in 1947. The broadcast will run approximately three hours and twenty-five minutes.
Met Music Director James Levine revisits one of his favorite 20th-century classics: Stravinsky's only full-length opera, The Rake's Progress, featuring a wondrous neo-Classical score. The moral of the story: the Devil will always find work for idle hands.