Opera Philadelphia

Oedipus Rex

Concert Performances
Music by Igor Stravinsky
Libretto by Jean Cocteau
Performed in Latin with English supertitles

Postponed to Winter 2022

Leonard Bernstein famously called this opera-oratorio based on Sophocles' tragedy the “most awesome” work of composer Igor Stravinsky's neoclassical period. The drama tells of an entire family’s attempts to evade their inescapable, tragic fate. Making his Opera Philadelphia debut, acclaimed conductor Robert Spano leads the Opera Philadelphia Orchestra and Chorus, with soloists William Burden, Rehanna Thelwell, Sir Willard White, and Mark S. Doss

The performance of Oedipus Rex is preceded by Les Noces, Stravinsky’s exhilarating 1923 dance cantata about a 19th-century Russian folk wedding. 


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MapAcademy of Music

Dates are Jan. 2021.

Approximately 70 minutes

The Academy Series is underwritten, in part, by Judy and Peter Leone.

Cast & Creative Team

Robert Spano
Robert Spano * Conductor
William Burden
William Burden as Oedipus
Rehanna Thelwell
Rehanna Thelwell * as Jocaste
Mark S. Doss
Mark S. Dossas Créon and Messenger
Sir Willard White
Sir Willard White * as Tirésias
Matthew Grills
Matthew Grills * as Shepherd
Igor Stravinsky

The Composer

Igor Stravinsky

Igor Stravinsky was born on June 17, 1882, in Oranienbaum, Russia. He rose to fame in the early 1900s for his compositions for the Ballets Russes, including the controversial The Rite of Spring. Stravinsky brought his family to Switzerland and then France, continuing his output with such works as Renard and Persephone. After moving to the United States in 1939, he completed his famed Symphony in C and became an American citizen. Stravinsky died in New York City on April 6, 1971, with more than 100 works to his name. Learn more

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