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Presented by Merola Opera Program

Rape of Lucretia

San Francisco’s acclaimed Merola Opera Program presents the second performance of its 2023 Summer Festival with The Rape of Lucretia, a riveting and emotionally charged opera by Benjamin Britten.



Judith Yan


Jan Essinger


Ronald Duncan


Benjamin Britten

Famed for her steadfast devotion to her husband, Lucretia becomes a target in a brutal game of sex and power. Benjamin Britten’s challenging and emotionally charged chamber opera explores issues that are at once timeless and starkly relevant today.

Performed with English supertitles.

Cast Information

Buy Tickets

Save 20% when tickets are purchased for all four productions* in the 2023 season.
Offer only available by phone at (415) 864-3330, or in person at the San Francisco Opera Box office, 301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco.

Groups of 10 or more save 15%.

Student tickets ($15) are also available in limited quantity at the San Francisco Opera Box Office with a valid ID.

Made Possible By

This opera is generously underwritten, in part, by The Grace A. Diem and Alice E. Siemons Foundation, The Frances K. and Charles D. Field Foundation, and The Bernard Osher Foundation.

*Discount is valid through June 12, 2023. Available by phone or in person at the San Francisco Opera Box Office only. Not available online. All four performances must be purchased at the same time. Discount does not apply to the Merola Grand Finale Reception, and cannot be combined with any other discounts. 

About Merola Opera Program:
Merola’s mission is to define the future of opera. The Merola Opera Program is an internationally respected model for building strong careers in opera, with a proven balance of training, performance, and individualized support. Merola trains and develops the finest emerging opera singers, pianist/coaches, and stage directors and invites passionate supporters to be part of the journey.

Cast, programs, prices, and schedules subject to change. Illustration by Keith D. Skeen.