AROP evening — Opera


23 Sep. 2021

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  • 3h05 with 1 intermission
  • Première
  • Opéra Bastille
  • Cocktail attire


Œdipe - Wajdi Mouawad

  • Libretto

    Edmond Fleg

  • Music

    Georges Enesco

  • Director

    Wajdi Mouawad

  • Set design

    Emmanuel Clolus

  • Costume design

    Emmanuelle Thomas

  • Make-up, hairdressing

    Cécile Kretschmar

  • Lighting

    Éric Champoux

  • Video

    Stéphane Pougnand

  • Dramaturgy

    Charlotte Farcet

In 1909, after attending a performance of Œdipus Rex at the Comédie-Française, George Enescu hastened to transcribe the first bars of his one and only opera. Sophocles’ play had the effect of an electroshock on the Romanian composer, spurring him to begin work on his score before he even had a libretto. The completed work would ultimately have its world premiere at the Paris Opera in 1936. The influences of his teacher Fauré, of Stravinsky, Debussy and Romania’s ancestral musical traditions all fuelled an orchestral and vocal composition of unparalleled originality. Surprisingly, despite receiving a rapturous reception, the work was rarely staged at opera houses during the 20th century. For his Paris Opera debut, Wajdi Mouawad evokes the life of Œdipus – the man unaware of his own identity – in a continuum of organic, vegetal, ethereal and aquatic images.

Orchestre et Choeurs de l’Opéra national de Paris
Maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine / Choeur d’enfants de l’Opéra national de Paris

Œdipe has been filmed by director François Roussillon, as a coproduction by the Paris Opera and François Roussillon et Associés, with the support of the CNC and the Orange Foundation - sponsor of the audiovisual broadcastings at the Paris Opera. The performance will be broadcast live on October 14 at 7:30 pm on and on L'Opéra chez soi, the Paris Opera’s digital platform, and later on Mezzo Live HD Sunday 17 October 2021 at 9 pm.


Œdipe - Wajdi Mouawad

  • Œdipe

    Christopher Maltman

  • Tirésias

    Clive Bayley

  • Créon

    Brian Mulligan

  • Le berger

    Vincent Ordonneau

  • Le grand prêtre

    Laurent Naouri

  • Phorbas / Le Veilleur

    Nicolas Cavallier

  • Thésée

    Adrian Timpau

  • Laïos

    Yann Beuron

  • Jocaste

    Ekaterina Gubanova

  • La Sphinge

    Clémentine Margaine

  • Antigone

    Anna-Sophie Neher

  • Mérope

    Anne Sofie von Otter

  • Une Thébaine

    Daniela Entcheva

  • 19:30

    First part

  • 20:50

    Intermission cocktail

  • 21:20

    Second part

  • 22:35

    End of the performance