While the historical rape of Lucretia plays a central role in literature and religious theory, few composers have set this sequence to music. These settings take on the form of cantatas almost exclusively, which makes Benjamin Britten's opera an even more curious work. Narrated by a chorus that speaks with a contemporary viewpoint, they recount and attempt to find meaning in a heinous act. Tonight's broadcast features a live 2011 performance from the Aldeburgh Festival. Soloists include Ian Bostridge, Christopher Purves, and Angelika Kirschlager in the title role, with Oliver Knussen conducting. Stepan Atamian hosts on WKCR 89.9 FM.