Theatreland Memorabilia

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Oedipus Rex

Music: Igor Stravinsky. Text: Jean Cocteau after Sophocles.
Latin translation: Jean Daniélou.

Productions

Théâtre Sarah Bernhardt Paris, 1927
Vienna, 1928
Queen's Hall, 1936
Edinburgh Festival, 1956, Hamburg Opera
Sadler's Wells Theatre, 1960
London Coliseum, 1991, ENO

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Théâtre Sarah Bernhardt, Paris
30th May 1927 (as an oratorio)

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Vienna
23rd February 1928 (first staged performance)

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Queen's Hall, London
12th February 1936 (concert performance)

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Edinburgh Festival
1956
Hamburg Opera company

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Sadler's Wells Theatre
15th January 1960
First performance by Sadler's Wells Opera


Friday 4th November 1960 (double bill with The Nightingale)
10th performance at Sadler's Wells. Conductor: Colin Davis.

CharacterPlayed By
OedipusRonald Dowd
JocastaPatricia Johnson
CreonRaimund Herincx
TiresiasStanley Clarkson
The ShepherdAlberto Remedios
The MessengerRaimund Herincx
The SpeakerDenis Dowling
ChorusTenors and Basses

Orchestra, Chorus and Opera Ballet details can be found on the Sadler's Wells Opera page.

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London Coliseum
First performance: 23rd January 1991
Double bill with Bluebeard's Castle
English National Opera/ENO.
English translation of the French Text: E.E. Cummings.
Producer: David Alden. Designer: Nigel Lowery.
Lighting Designer: Richard Riddell. Staff Producer: Nicolette Molnár.
Assistant Lighting Designer: Tom Mannings. Leader: Barry Griffiths.
Conductor: Mark Elder (to Feb 15), James Holmes (from Feb 19).
Chorus Masters: Harry Bicket, Stephen Clarke. Music Staff: James Holmes, Jeremy Atkin.

CharacterPlayed By
OedipusPhilip Langridge
CreonMalcolm Donnelly
TiresiasRichard Van Allan
JocastaJean Rigby
MessengerPeter Sidhom
ShepherdPeter Bronder
NarratorJames Griffiths
ActorBob Burgin
PianoJeremy Atkin

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