Story. A group of soldiers find out that during their absence their wives have been unfaithful, with the exception of Lucretia, Collatinus's wife. Tarquinius, the son of the foreign Rome ruler Tarquin, decides to visit Lucretia and then rapes her. Lucretia asks a message to be sent to Collatinus asking him to come home. When he get home, he discovers Lucretia has already stabbed herself; she dies in his arms.
The staging and costume are all modern, which is a bit incongruous as the singers are talking about Rome at around 500BC. I am generally for period costumes anyway, in this case particularly so as there is a historical aspect to the story. So at first I thought Lucretia kills herself by downing a lot of pills. It turns out she does it the traditional way: stabbing herself in the sink and drawing a lot of blood.