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opera Stravinsky's Œdipus rex Julie Taymor (stage director), Seiji Ozawa (conductor) – With Jessye Norman (Yocasta), Bryn Terfel (Creon), Philip Langridge (Oedipus)...

Julie Taymor (stage director), Seiji Ozawa (conductor) – With Jessye Norman (Yocasta), Bryn Terfel (Creon), Philip Langridge (Oedipus)...

Stravinsky's Œdipus rex Julie Taymor (stage director), Seiji Ozawa (conductor) – With Jessye Norman (Yocasta), Bryn Terfel (Creon), Philip Langridge (Oedipus)...

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A masterful Japanese production featuring Julie Taymor’s costumes and image-rich sets (worthy of Chéreau or Wieland Wagner!), Seiji Ozawa’s direction, and an impressive vocal cast (a stunning Jessye Norman as Jocasta, the tenor Philip Langridge as Oedipus, Bryn Terfel as Creon). “We singers have a different level of responsibility from other musicians. We have words that we must convey; we have meanings that we must convey through these lyrics” affirms the soprano – a particularly big responsibility for this adaptation of the Greek tragedy in which the value of words did not escape the Russian composer.  

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Cast

  • Julie Taymor | Stage director, Masks, Sculptor
  • George Tsypin | Set designer
  • Emi Wada | Costumes
  • Jean Kalman | Lighting designer
  • Bobby Bukowski | Director of photography
  • Reiko Kruk | Make-up artist
  • Suzushi Hanayagi | Choreographer
  • Kayoko Shiraishi | Narrator
  • Jessye Norman | Jocasta
  • Philip Langridge | Oedipus
  • Bryn Terfel | Creon
  • Harry Peeters | Tiresias
  • Min Tanaka | Dancer (Oedipus)
  • Saito Kinen Festival Dancers
  • Tokyo Opera Singers
  • Shin-Yu Kai Chorus
  • Shin Sekiya | Chorus director

Program

  • Igor Stravinsky, Œdipus rex, Opera-oratorio after Sophocles
    • Prologue: Spectators, we present a Latin version of the opera Oedipus Rex
    • I: Caedit nos pestis
    • I: Liberi, vos liberato
    • I: This is Creon, brother-in-law of Oedipus
    • I: Respondit Deus
    • I: Oedipus questions the fountain of truth
    • I: Dicere non possum
    • I: Gloria!
    • II: The dispute of the princes attracts the attention of Jocasta
    • II: Gloria (Reprise)
    • II: Nonn' erubescite, reges
    • II: Ne probentur oracular
    • II: Ego senem cecidi
    • II: The witness to the murder comes out of the shadows
    • II: Adest omniscius pastor
    • II: Nonne monstru rescituri
    • II: And now you are going to hear that famous monologue
    • II: Divum Jocastae caput mortuum!
    • II: Ecce! Regem Oedipoda

Details

  • Directed by:
    • Julie Taymor
    • Gary Bradley
  • Venue: Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto (Matsumoto)
  • Production date: 1992
  • Duration: 57 min
  • Production: © CAMI VIDEO and KHK
  • Available subtitle(s) : EN, FR
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