Œdipe

Œdipe

Time: 3h05, 1 entracte.

In 1909, after attending a performance of OEdipus Rex at the Comédie-Française, George Enescu hastened to transcribe the first bars of his one and only opera. Sophocles’ play had the effect of an electroshock on the Romanian composer, spurring him to begin work on his score before he even had a libretto. The completed work would ultimately have its world premiere at the Paris Opera in 1936. The influences of his teacher Fauré, of Stravinsky, Debussy and Romania’s ancestral musical traditions all fuelled an orchestral and vocal composition of unparalleled originality. Surprisingly, despite receiving a rapturous reception, the work was rarely staged at opera houses during the 20th century. For his Paris Opera debut, Wajdi Mouawad evokes the life of OEdipus – the man unaware of his own identity – in a continuum of organic, vegetal, ethereal and aquatic images.

Orchestre et Choeurs de l’Opéra national de Paris
Maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine / Choeur d’enfants de l’Opéra national de Paris
Conductor: Ingo Metzmacher
Chorus master: Ching-Lien Wu

Creative team

Libretto: Edmond Fleg
Music: Georges Enesco
Director: Wajdi Mouawad
Set design: Emmanuel Clolus
Costume design: Emmanuelle Thomas
Make-up, hairdressing: Cécile Kretschmar
Lighting: Éric Champoux
Video: Stéphane Pougnand
Dramaturgy: Charlotte Farcet

Cast

Œdipe: Christopher Maltman
Tirésias: Clive Bayley
Créon: Brian Mulligan
Le berger: Vincent Ordonneau
Le grand prêtre: Laurent Naouri
Phorbas / Le Veilleur: Nicolas Cavallier
Thésée: Adrian Timpau
Laïos: Eric Huchet
Jocaste: Ekaterina Gubanova
La Sphinge: Clémentine Margaine
Antigone: Anna-Sophie Neher
Mérope: Anne Sofie von Otter
Une Thébaine: Daniela Entcheva

Avec le soutien du CNC et de la Fondation Orange, mécène des retransmissions audiovisuelles de l'Opéra national de Paris.

Réalisateur : François Roussillon

Visuel © Elisa Haberer / OnP

Œdipe
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    3h05 avec 1 entracte
    Première partie : 85 min ❙ Entracte : 30 min ❙ Deuxième partie : 80 min

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