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OedipeNew production

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Dutch National Opera and BalletWaterlooplein 22, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
2018 December 06 20:00, December 09 14:00, December 12 20:00, December 15 20:00, December 18 20:00, December 21 20:00, December 25 14:00
Dutch National Opera
Marc AlbrechtConductor
Àlex OlléDirector
Alfons FloresSet Designer
Lluc CastellsCostume Designer
Johan ReuterBaritoneOedipe
Eric HalfvarsonBassTirésias
Christopher PurvesBaritoneCréon
Alan OkeTenorShepherd
François LisBaritoneHigh Priest
James CreswellBassPhorbas
Ante JerkunicaBassOld Man
André MorschBaritoneThésée
Mark OmvleeTenorLaios
Sophie KochMezzo-sopranoJocaste
Violeta UrmanaMezzo-sopranoLa Sphinge (The Sphinx)
Heidi StoberSopranoAntigone
Catherine Wyn-RogersMezzo-sopranoMérope
Valentina CarrascoDirector
Peter van PraetLighting Designer
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Chorus of Dutch National Opera

George Enescu’s masterpiece Oedipe is already a musical tour de force, but in the hands of director Àlex Ollé it boasts a visual staging that is equally spectacular!

The Greek myth of King Oedipus as told by the tragic poet Sophocles remains as powerful today as when it was originally written. The story of Oedipus, who unwittingly kills his father Laius and marries his mother Jocaste is ultimately a tale about man’s utter vulnerability, the inescapability of fate, and identity and blame.


At Oedipus’ birth the clairvoyant Tirésias foretells that he will murder his father and marry his mother. Though Oedipus attempts to escape the curse on his family and himself, in a terrible sequence of events the prophecy is fulfilled. After making this horrific discovery, King Oedipus wanders in exile for years with his daughter Antigone, wishing himself blind. In George Enescu’s version of the tale, Oedipus finally dies in peace in a sacred grove outside Athens.


The French opera Oedipe is one of the few theatrical works that tells the entire life story of its title character. The ending of George Enescu’s work is gentler than in other versions of the myth and the music is highly engaging. With snatches of Romanian folk music, Enescu evokes a pastoral mood that contrasts with the ominous sounds of the percussion, symbolising fate.


This co-production was previously mounted at La Monnaie/De Munt in Brussels and Royal Opera House Covent Garden, in a spectacular presentation by Alex Ollé of La Fura dels Baus (Faust and Il trovatore). Oedipe is sung by Johan Reuter (Dr Schön in Lulu), and Jocaste by Sophie Koch in her long-awaited DNO debut. Violeta Urmana returns to DNO as La Sphinge (Kundry in Parsifal, Amneris in Aida and Azucena in Il trovatore). The Chorus of the Dutch National Opera also features prominently.


Marc Albrecht, chief conductor at Dutch National Opera and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra | Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, feels a deep resonance with music from the first half of the twentieth century, such as Enescu’s Oedipe. Last season he conducted DNO’s Eine florentinische Tragödie|Gianni SchicchiTristan und Isolde and Gurre-Lieder to widespread acclaim.


New at DNO. Production originally seen at La Monnaie in 2010. 

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