Ruth Leon recommends…Oedipus Rex Fry upRuth Leon recommends
Oedipus Rex – Los Angeles Opera
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Igor Stravinsky based Oedipus Rex on the ancient Greek tragedy of the same name by Sophocles—yes, the one where Oedipus unknowingly kills his own father and marries his mother. The 1927 opera is a highly stylized, ritualistic work; in fact, the composer specifically requested that it be staged with minimal movement (which works well with COVID restrictions). This performance features imaginative projected animations created by Manual Cinema. A narrator describes the action throughout the course of the opera.
Stravinsky set his work in Latin but specified that the narration is to be spoken in the language of the audience.
Music Director James Conlon conducts a stellar cast led by tenor Russell Thomas, LA Opera’s Artist in Residence, as Oedipus, the doomed king. Mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges is Jocasta, his queen (and mother). Stephen Fry will make his LA Opera debut (via audio recording) as the Narrator.
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