Oedipe at Royal Opera House



The Royal Opera House’s first production of Enescu’s dramatic opera Oedipe is a must-see. Inspired by the Oedipus myth – the tragic tale of a man destined to kill his father and marry his mother – Enescu’s opera Oedipe is an opera in four acts set to a French libretto by Edmund Fleg.

When the blind prophet Tiresias warns Oedipe’s parents, King Laius and Queen Jocasta, of their son’s fate, Thebes’ royal couple command a shepherd to abandon Oedipus in the wilderness. But the child survives, and is raised the king and queen of nearby Corinth, who he believes to be his biological parents . On returning to Thebes, Oedipus kills a man on the road, and marries the recently widowed queen. Then, years later, he discovers the damning truth of his heritage.

This production by Catalan theatre group La Fura dels Baus sets Enescu’s soaring score against a world ravaged by both natural and man made disaster, bringing an apocalyptic feel to the mythical tragedy. Despite being acclaimed as one of the great masterpieces of the 20th century, Enescu’s opera has only enjoyed sporadic performances – so don’t miss out

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Royal Opera House

Covent Garden
+44 (0)20 7240 1200
Public transport:
Tube: Covent Garden/Holborn

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