The Igor Stravinsky correspondence on
The Rake's Progress consists of correspondence, dated May 1950 to May 1951, between Stravinsky and his lawyer in New York, L. Arnold Weissberger,
concerning the mounting of his opera,
The Rake's Progress. The letters discuss business matters pertaining to the production of the opera, financial support for the work, where to
stage the premier, locations for the opera's American debut, problems associated with Italian singers performing in English,
and various other financial and administrative matters pertaining to the completion and production of the work.
The Rake's Progress, set to the libretto by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman, was inspired by William Hogarth's series of paintings. Stravinsky
had wanted to write an English-language opera since arriving in the United States in 1939, and was inspired to do so by seeing
the paintings at the Art Institute of Chicago on May 2, 1947. The opera premiered in Venice on September 11, 1951.
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