Oedipus Rex


Oedipus Rex

Igor Stravinsky

12/05/2000 in Antwerp - 19/05/2000 in Ghent

  • Guy  Joosten
  • Livia Budai
  • Jaco Huijpen
  • Werner Van Mechelen
  • Guy De Mey
  • 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 truth.
In Joosten’s staging this ‘drama of purification’ becomes a protest against aggression.


Surtitles: Dutch.


  • Musical direction
    Marc Albrecht
  • Director
  • Set design
    Benoît Dugardyn
  • Costumes
    Jorge Jara
  • Lightning
    Wolfgang Göbbel
  • Chorus master
    Peter Burian
  • Oedipus
    Anthony Rolfe Johnson
  • Bruce Rankin
  • Jocasta
    Yvonne Naef
  • Creon
    Knut Skram
  • Tiresias
  • Boodschapper
  • De herder
  • Verteller
    Vic De Wachter
  • Christian Baggen



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