27 May 2016 at 2.03pm | 1 Comment
'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.
‘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.