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Subject: Oedipe Month in London | Royal Opera House & Romanian Cultural Institute in London | 4 May - 8 June 2016
From: Romanian Cultural Institute London
Oedipe Month in London | Royal Opera House & Romanian Cultural Institute in London | 4 May - 8 June 2016
Concerts, Exhibitions, Talks, Opera
4 May – 8 June 2016
Royal Opera House and Romanian Cultural Institute
Idiosyncratic yet overwhelming, difficult yet visionary, momentous yet somehow overlooked, George Enescu's Oedipe is one of the creative triumphs of modernist operatic realm. We are celebrating the absolute premiere of this enigmatic masterpiece in Great Britain with a month of stellar events dedicated to one of the most innovative geniuses of the 20th century classical music. Revolving around the new thrilling production which runs at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden from 23 May to 8 June, The Oedipe Month in London (4 May – 8 June) offers, through concerts, talks and exhibitions, a comprehensive insight into the aesthetic conception, original soundscape and moral convictions of the greatest Romanian composer.
The Oedipe Month in London is a star-studded series of events that take place at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Romanian Cultural Institute, featuring director Valentina Carrasco, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, composer Dan Dediu, soprano Lauren Fagan, Director of Opera Kasper Holten, conductor Leo Hussain, director Àlex Ollé, bass-baritone Johan Reuter, bass Sir John Tomlinson, soprano Rodica Vică and baritone Yuriy Yurchuk. With the support of musicologist Cristina Andrei, photographer Cornel Brad and pianists Diana Ionescu and Christopher Willis.
CONCERTS EXHIBITIONS TALKS OPERA
TALK and MUSIC: 4 May at 7.30pm; Clore Studio Upstairs at the Royal Opera House
Directors Àlex Ollé and Valentina Carrasco, conductor Leo Hussain are joined by composer and academic Dan Dediu, in a conversation about the ground-breaking complexity of Enescu's operatic vision as well as the artistic travail of transforming Oedipe into a theatrical experience. Bass Sir John Tomlinson, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly and bass-baritone Johan Reuter, the new production's principals, discuss their approach to the opera's exacting roles and its visually striking mise-en-scène.
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Enescu for Voice
TALK and MUSIC: 5 May at 7pm; Romanian Cultural Institute
Enescu is better known as outstanding performer and symphonic composer, yet his musical ventures into the expressive universe of human voice prove no less daring or fascinating. We explore the great composer's vocal legacy through operatic fragments and songs in the company of bass-baritone Johan Reuter, the star of the Covent Garden production, Kasper Holten, Director of Opera at Royal Opera House, conductor Leo Hussain and composer Dan Dediu. With special appearances by soprano Rodica Vică (Romanian National Opera in Bucharest), accompanied by pianist Diana Ionescu, and Lauren Fagan and Yuriy Yurchuk (both part of Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at ROH), accompanied by Christopher Willis.
Free entry. Please book your seat on Eventbrite.
Oedipe: a Visual History
EXHIBITION: 4 May – 8 June; Clore Studio Upstairs at the Royal Opera House and the Romanian Cultural Institute
Since Oedipe's debut in 1936, Enescu's masterpiece has been performed on renowned musical stages throughout the world. Great singers like David Ohanesian, José Van Dam or Monte Pederson have shone in the notoriously challenging title role. Through a kaleidoscope of rarely seen photographs and reproductions, The 'George Enescu' National Museum's exhibition traces the opera's sinuous fate from its long gestation and rapturous premiere to relative post-war neglect and eventual rediscovery. Curated by musicologist Cristina Andrei, Director of the George Enescu National Museum in Bucharest.
Free entry. At the Royal Opera House, the exhibition is only available to ticket holders of the Insight event.
Interludes in Photographic Key
EXHIBITION: 3 March – 10 May; Romanian Cultural Institute
Captured in the backdrops of Romania's biggest musical event, George Enescu International Festival in Bucharest, the photographs in this revealing exhibition by Cornel Brad provide a depiction of the excitement, expectation and relief that make the life of the great musicians in those supercharged 'interludes' before and after tremendous stage accomplishments. The expressive snapshots include some of the biggest stars of classical music like Vladimir Jurowski, Ioan Hollender, Sir Antonio Pappano, Sorin Coliban, Anita Harting, Fazil Say, Maxim Vengerov, Murray Perahia, Katia & Marielle Labeque, Evgheni Kissin, Elisabeth Kulman, Amanda Forsyth, Pinchas Zukerman and Angela Cheng.
Free entry. No booking needed.
Oedipe at Covent Garden
OPERA: 23 May, 26 May, 30 May, 2 June, 4 June, 8 June; Royal Opera House
Featuring Danish star Johan Reuter in the title role and an excellent cast including Sir John Tomlinson, Sarah Connolly and Sophie Bevan, The Royal Opera's first production of Enescu's operatic masterpiece, directed by Àlex Ollé and Valentina Carrasco of the acclaimed Catalan company La Fura dels Baus, and conducted by Leo Hussain, has its UK premiere on 23 May. The production is part of the Spring 2016 Season at the Royal Opera House and runs until 8 June.
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