Opera Philadelphia

Oedipus Rex + Lilacs: Student Guide

Welcome to our Dress Rehearsal Program for Oedipus Rex + Lilacs! Through this program, you will learn about Sophocles' classic myth and also dive into George Walker's setting of Walt Whitman's poem, "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd."

For information about the logistical and safety protocols for this dress rehearsal, watch this archival video from our teacher professional development session.

Opera 101

Click this link to read a Spanish Translation.

Meet the Creators

Igor Stravinksy
Igor StravinksyOedipus Rex, composer
George Walker
George WalkerLilacs, composer
Walt Whitman
Walt WhitmanLilacs, poet

view the full cast & creative team of Oedipus Rex Lilacs here

Lessons & Activities

What Makes a Hero?
What Makes a Hero?article and lesson plan by Jacob Feeley
Oedipus Rex and the Greek Chorus
Oedipus Rex and the Greek Chorusarticle by Dr. Lily Kass
Teaching Lilacs
Teaching Lilacsgraphic lecture by Bill Doggett

Dedicated funding for the Sounds of Learning Dress Rehearsal Program has been provided by The William Penn Foundation, Hamilton Family Charitable Trust, Eugene Garfield Foundation, Wells Fargo, Universal Health Services, Hirsig Family Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation, The McLean Contributionship, and Mr. William A. Loeb

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