12/05/2000 in Antwerp - 19/05/2000 in Ghent
- Musical direction: Marc Albrecht
- Director: Guy Joosten
- Oedipus: Anthony Rolfe Johnson / Bruce Rankin
- Jocasta: Yvonne Naef / Livia Budai
- Creon: Knut Skram
- Tiresias: Jaco Huijpen
Around 1920, Stravinsky, like Darius Milhaud and Arthur Honegger,
became fascinated by a new interpretation of ancient narrative material.
Sophocles’ tragedy about human pride and disbelief was transformed into
a scenic ritual of monumental proportions. This is further reinforced
through the use of a dead language, Latin, as well as numerous
references to contemporary music ranging from Händel to Verdi.
Stravinsky’s opera oratorium reduces the story to its essence, and
underlines in particular the allegorical element in Oedipus’ search for
In Joosten’s staging this ‘drama of purification’ becomes a protest against aggression.
Anthony Rolfe Johnson
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