Watch the trailer for our performance of Enescu's Oedipe on Saturday 23 September at Royal Festival Hall
Royal Festival Hall 2017/18
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Belief and Beyond Belief: Judgement
(Sung in French with English surtitles)
Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Paul Gay Oedipe*
Sir Willard White Tirésias
Christopher Purves Créon
Graham Clark Shepherd
Mischa Schelomianski High Priest
In Sung Sim Phorbas
Maxim Mikhailov Watchman*
Boris Pinkhasovich Thésée
Marius Vlad Budoiu Laïos
Ruxandra Donose Jocaste
Ildikó Komlósi The Sphinx
Gabriela Iştoc Antigone
Dame Felicity Palmer Mérope
Choir of the George Enescu Philharmonic
Romanian Radio Children's Choir
Chahine Yavroyan lighting designer
London Philharmonic Orchestra
*Please note a change to artist from previously advertised
'I have defeated Destiny! I have defeated the Gods'. The myth of Oedipus is almost as old as Western civilisation, and in George Enescu’s operatic version the story of a great king doomed from birth by an implacable Fate is both timeless and shatteringly urgent. When the Royal Opera staged it in 2016, critics hailed it as 'spellbinding'; for this performance Vladimir Jurowski has assembled a fine cast that includes Sir Willard White, Paul Gay, Christopher Purves and Ruxandra Donose plus two of Romania’s leading choirs. As we continue to explore the themes of the Belief and Beyond Belief Festival, Enescu’s powerful drama asks questions that can’t be ignored.
Please note start time.
Concert generously supported by Victoria Robey OBE.
Additional generous support from the Romanian Cultural Institute.
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