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Tom Rakewell


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(Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress). Ten. In love with Anne Trulove, he wishes he was rich. A strange character, Nick Shadow, tells him he has inherited a fortune. Shadow offers his services free for a year and a day and they leave for London. Tom undergoes various adventures: in a brothel he is initiated into a life of vice; he marries Baba the Turk; he loses all his money and becomes bankrupt. Shadow claims his soul in payment for his services and Tom asks to gamble for it. Tom wins, and angrily Shadow condemns him to a life of madness. In Bedlam, Anne visits him—Tom imagines he is Adonis and she is Venus. He sleeps, and when he wakes she is gone. Tom dies. Arias: Since it is not by merit; With roses crowned, I sit on ground, Adonis is my name. Created (1951) by Robert Rounseville.

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