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Opera Philadelphia's 2020/21 season programming is sure to delight opera-goers thanks to powerhouse performances by powerhouse A-list performers making company and role debuts, as well as a newly commissioned work, a major new adaptation of a great opera classic. Don't miss celebrated conductor Robert Spano, American tenor William Burden, American mezzo-soprano Rehanna Thelwell, British-Jamaican bass-baritone Sir Willard White, and Grammy Award-winning bass-baritone Mark S. Doss during a riveting production of Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex.
An epic Greek Tragedy that first appeared in 429 BC, the work explores the nature of fate and the perils of hubris as Oedipus heads down an increasingly darker path in the hope of saving his people. Some of Stravinsky's most visceral works of his neoclassical period punctuate a whirlwind of bloodshed that begins with the king and queen of Thebes give birth to Oedipus and an oracle foretells that he will grow up to murder his father. To avoid this fate the king orders the child to have his feet broken and be left for dead, although fate has other plans...
Opening night: 29 January 2021
Performed in Latin with English supertitles
Approximately 70 minutes
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