Œdipe (saison 21/22)
  • Description

    In 1909, after attending a performance of Œdipus 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 Œdipus – the man unaware of his own identity – in a continuum of organic, vegetal, ethereal and aquatic images.

    The Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus
    Maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine / Choeur d’enfants de l’Opéra national de Paris

    With the support of the CNC and the Orange Foundation, sponsor of the Paris Opera's audiovisual broadcasts.
    Director: François Roussillon

    Picture: © Elisa Haberer / OnP


  • Libretto

    Edmond Fleg

  • Music

    Georges Enesco

  • Conductor

    Ingo Metzmacher

  • Director

    Wajdi Mouawad

  • Set design

    Emmanuel Clolus

  • Costume design

    Emmanuelle Thomas

  • Make-up, hairdressing

    Cécile Kretschmar

  • Lighting design

    Éric Champoux

  • Video

    Stéphane Pougnand

  • Dramaturgy

    Charlotte Farcet

  • Chorus master

    Ching-Lien Wu


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