Orchestra e Coro
dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

Oedipus

conductor Pascal Rophé

Piazza Duomo

Sunday 27 June H 20:30

Tickets:
I sector piazza € 100
II sector piazza € 80
I sector stairs € 60
II sector stairs € 40

Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

conductor

Pascal Rophé

NOCTURNES
Symphonic Triptych
for female choir and orchestra
I. NUAGES
II. FÈTES
III. SIRÈNES

Claude Debussy

OEDIPUS REX
opera-oratorio in two acts
(concert performance)

Igor Stravinskij

libretto by Jean Cocteau, based on Sofocle
latin translation by Jean Daniélou

Edipo Allan Clayton

Jocasta Anna Caterina Antonacci

Creon, Messenger Andrea Mastroni

Tiresias Mikhail Petrenko

The Shepherd John Irvin

Narrator Speaker

Men's Chorus

Master of the Choir

Piero Monti

«Apart from Tiresias, shepherd and messenger, the characters remain in their costumes and masks. Only their heads and arms move. They must look like living statues.»
For years, Igor Stravinskij had been searching for a tragic plot that the audience knew so well that it could focus entirely on the music. Between 1926 and 1927 he wrote Oedipus rex, one of the most important works from his neoclassical period. Jean Cocteau’s libretto from Sophocles was translated into Latin by Jean Daniélou. After reading a biography of St. Francis of Assisi, Stravinskij sought to find his own “language of the soul”, as Provençal was for St. Francis – a sacred language capable of liberating people from quotidian life.
In the work, a narrator anticipates the events of each scene, transporting the audience into an alternate dimension where the eyes of the characters never meet and the only thing that moves is the music. Opening the concert, Claude Debussy’s Notturni also exist in a universe without time or place. The music, Debussy said, expresses “all of the impressions and light contained within words”. In the triptych, the music eschews linear narrative for nuanced images: the slow procession of clouds in the sky, the movement of a dance, the rhythm of the sea and the song of sirens.