The rarely-seen retelling of the Oedipus myth of Romanian composer George Enescu will premiere at the Bucharest Opera House on November 20th. The second representation till the end of the year is scheduled for December 12th. Adrian Morar will be conducting the production which is directed by Buenos Aires-born Valentina Carrasco. She is also co-directing it with Àlex Ollé at the Royal Opera House in the 2015 – 2016 season. Davide Damiani will play the lead part in the premiere representation. The scenography belongs to Blanca Añon, while the costumes were designed by Barbara del Piano.
Enescu began working on this piece, his only opera work, in 1910 after seeing a stage performance of Sophocles’ Oedipus tyrannus. He finished the work only in 1932 and Oedipe premiered at the Paris Opéra in March 1936. The librettist of the work is French poet Edmond Fleg.
In Romania Oedipe has seen few productions. The opera was first staged in 1958 directed by Jean Ranzescu, conducted by Constantin Silvestri and with David Ohanesian as the lead. Another production was staged in 1991 by Cătălina Buzoianu, followed by the 1995 modern one belonging to Andrei Șerban. In 2003 Petrică Ionescu staged it with impressive decor and costumes belonging to Cătălin Ionescu-Arbore. The London Philharmonic Orchestra and British conductor Vladimir Jurowski are preparing a production of Oedipe for the opening of the 2017 edition of the George Enescu classical music festival.
Tickets, priced RON 12 to RON 200, can be bought from the box office of the Opera House or online at tickets.operanb.ro.
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