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Greek

A blazing retelling of the Oedipus story by Mark-Anthony Turnage in an award-winning production by Music Theatre Wales.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of Greek. It was last on stage 21–26 October 2013 as part of the Autumn 2013/14 season.

Background

Greek was Mark-Anthony Turnage’s explosive first opera. His version of the Oedipus story, based on Steven Berkoff’s verse play, burst onto the stage in 1988. Music Theatre Wales brings Michael McCarthy’s blistering production to Covent Garden audiences. It was a triumphant success when it was first seen in 2011 and won the TMA Theatre Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera.

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On Wikipedia

Greek is an opera in two acts composed by Mark-Anthony Turnage to a libretto adapted by Turnage and Jonathan Moore from Steven Berkoff's 1980 verse play Greek. The play and the opera are a re-telling of Sophocles's Greek tragedy Oedipus the King with the setting changed to the East End of London in the 1980s. The opera was first performed on 17 June 1988 in the Carl-Orff-Saal, Munich, in a co-production by the Munich Biennale, the Edinburgh International Festival and the BBC.

Abstract taken from the Wikipedia article Greek (opera), available under a Creative Commons license.