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Watch: ‘The tragedy of all tragedies’ – Johan Reuter and John Tomlinson on Oedipe

The stars of The Royal Opera's new production discuss the monstrous myth and what makes the music so special for singers.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

27 May 2016 at 2.03pm | 1 Comment

Oedipe is Enescu’s first opera but he really goes for it!', enthuses Johan Reuter, who is currently singing the title role in The Royal Opera's new production of George Enescu’s masterpiece.

The Danish bass-baritone stars alongside British bass John Tomlinson in Àlex Ollé and Valentina Carrasco's new staging.

'These myths are famous for a reason' says Reuter. 'Freud famously took this story as an example of something lying very deep in human beings.'

The Romanian composer based his first and only operatic work on the story of Oedipus, the tragic figure in Greek mythology who fulfills the prophecy of destroying his own entire family.

'It’s the tragedy of all tragedies,' agrees Tomlinson. 'It's the story of the man who kills his own father, marries his own mother and becomes the brother of his own children.'

Tomlinson, who sings the role of Tirésias, believes Enescu's background as an instrumentalist had a direct impact on his vocal compositions:

'The parts are beautifully written for the human voice,' he says. 'Perhaps because he is writing from the violinist's point of view [and singers] often use the violin as an analogy for singing.'

Both singers discuss the composer's distinctive style: a result of his incorporating the influences of his contemporaries to create his own sound.

'I hear Wagner, I hear Strauss and I hear Debussy,' notes Tomlinson.

‘But ultimately its Enescu’s own music, it’s unique to him. It’s absolutely individual and it is fascinating.'

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Oedipe runs until 8 June 2016. Tickets are still available.

The production is a co-production of La Monnaie, Brussels and Opéra National de Paris, and is generously supported by the Monument Trust, Richard and Ginny Salter, The Romanian Cultural Institute and The Friends of Covent Garden.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

27 May 2016 at 2.03pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged by Àlex Ollé, Film, George Enescu, Greek Mythology, interview, Johan Reuter, John Tomlinson, myth, Oedipe, Oedipus, Production, Rehearsal, singers, YouTube

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  1. Susannah Wight responded on 30 May 2016 at 10:26pm Reply

    Thank you. Unfortunately tickets are not still available (or I would go again!).

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