STRAVINSKY’S OEDIPUS REX

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Artists

Peter Sellars

Director

James F. Ingalls

Lighting Design

Helene Siebrits

Costume Design

Sean Panikkar

tenor (Oedipus)

J’Nai Bridges

mezzo-soprano (Jocasta)

Willard White

bass-baritone (Creon/Messenger/Tiresias)

Jose Simerilla Romero

Tenor (Shepherd)

Breezy Leigh

Actor (Antigone)

San Francisco Symphony Chorus

San Francisco Symphony

program

Oedipus rex [staged]
Igor Stravinsky
Symphony of Psalms [staged]
Igor Stravinsky

performances

Davies Symphony Hall

Fri, Jun 10, 2022 at 7:30PM

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Davies Symphony Hall

Sat, Jun 11, 2022 at 7:30PM

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Davies Symphony Hall

Sun, Jun 12, 2022 at 2:00PM

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THESE CONCERTS, A PART OF THE BARBRO AND BERNARD OSHER STAGED PRODUCTION FUND, ARE MADE POSSIBLE BY A GENEROUS GIFT FROM BARBRO AND BERNARD OSHER.

Event Description

Esa-Pekka Salonen has said “ritual is at the very heart of Stravinsky’s craft.” With the austere and incantatory Oedipus Rex, Stravinsky brings to life a classic Greek myth of power, deception, and heartbreak in a voice that is only his. The Symphony of Psalms turns to an altogether different ritual, cloaking three familiar religious texts in a mantle of drama and timelessness. Salonen and the Orchestra are joined by a cast of stellar vocalists, the SF Symphony Chorus, and legendary director Peter Sellars for this staged event.

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At A Glance

THE STORY OF OEDIPUS REX

While Igor Stravinsky had picked the story of Oedipus Rex precisely because he assumed everybody already knew the plot, posterity has vindicated that a composer or librettist should not assume much about an audience’s literary background. Most opera-goers have doubtless appreciated the Speaker’s role in reminding us of the classic plot: how Oedipus, King of Thebes and husband of Jocasta, is urged by the Oracle of Delphi (whose directive is conveyed by Oedipus’s brother-in-law Creon) to save his city from plague by discovering who killed King Laïus; how, at his own unwitting urging, Oedipus himself is revealed (reluctantly, by the blind seer Tiresius) to be the ignorant murderer of King Laïus; how he accuses Creon of fomenting this accusation in an effort to unseat him; how it is further disclosed (by a messenger) that his ancestry is not what he had thought, and (by a shepherd) that he is in fact the son of King Laïus and Jocasta, Oedipus’ own wife; how the revelation of this unsuspecting but nonetheless incestuous bond and inadvertent patricide causes Jocasta to commit suicide and leads Oedipus to blind himself with her brooch.

Concert Extras

Pre-Concert Talk: Join us for an informative “Inside Music” talk from the stage with Elizabeth Seitz and Peter Sellars. Free to all ticketholders, these talks begin one hour before the June 10-12 performances. Doors open 15 minutes before.