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The Rake’s Progress

The three-act opera The Rake's Progress continues to appeal, in no small part due to the music, a highlight from Stravinsky's neoclassical period, and the libretto by WH Auden and Chester Kallman. The Faustian theme is serious – it follows Tom Rakewell as he walks away from love in search of delights, accompanied by the devil no less – but also occasionally hilarious. The opera is a tragic tale about what the devil does with idle hands and minds, and you can catch it at the National Opera and Ballet Amsterdam from 1 February.