Oedipe - Royal Opera House Covent Garden (2016) - Oedipe - Royal Opera House Covent Garden (2016)

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  • Production title :Oedipe - Royal Opera House Covent Garden (2016)
  • Creation date :2016
  • Work - Composer :Oedipe - George Enescu
  • Opera house :Royal Opera House -- Covent Garden

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Romanian violinist, pianist, conductor and composer George Enescu (1881–1955) made his first orchestral sketches for Oedipe in 1910, after being powerfully moved by a stage performance of Sophocles’ Oedipus tyrannus. His librettist, the French poet Edmond Fleg, was still making changes to the text by 1921 – while Enescu would not finish the score of this, his only opera, until 1932. The premiere at the Paris Opéra on 13 March 1936 was well received but in 1937 the opera was dropped from the repertory, not performed again until 1955. It has since then enjoyed only sporadic performances – despite being acclaimed as one of the great masterpieces of the 20th century.

Catalan theatre group La Fura dels Baus (Le Grand Macabre, ENO) first staged their production of Oedipe at La Monnaie, Brussels, in 2011. True to form for this innovative theatre company, their spectacular take on Enescu’s exploration of fate and freedom creates an earthen world ravaged by both natural and man-made disaster. From this land of clay Enescu’s breathtaking score soars – encompassing everything from Berliozian opulence to eerie Sprechstimme – in this sole operatic statement from a great musician.

More information is available on the opera house's official website.

Schedule

May 23, 2016 19:15:00

May 26, 2016 19:15:00

May 30, 2016 19:15:00

June 02, 2016 19:15:00

June 04, 2016 19:15:00

June 08, 2016 19:15:00

Casting

Alex Ollé

Leo Hussain

Johan Reuter

John Tomlinson

Samuel Youn

Alan Oke

Nicolas Courjal

In Sung Sim

Stefan Kocán

Samuel Johnson

Hubert Francis

Sarah Connolly

Marie-Nicole Lemieux

Sophie Bevan

Claudia Huckle

Work's characters list

Director

Conductor

Oedipe

Tirésias

Créon

Le Berger

Le Grand prêtre

Phorbas

Le Veilleur

Thésée

Laios

Jocaste

La Sphinge

Antigone

Mérope

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