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Oedipus Rex

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Igor Stravinsky


Jean Cocteau (after Sophokles)


30 May 1927, Paris (Théâtre Sarah-Bernhardt) (conc




Oedipus Rex Synopsis


Oedipus Rex Libretto



About the opera Oedipus Rex

Oedipus rex is an "Opera-oratorio after Sophocles" by Igor Stravinsky, scored for orchestra, speaker, soloists, and male chorus. The libretto, based on Sophocles's tragedy, was written by Jean Cocteau in French and then translated by Abbé Jean Daniélou into Latin (the narration, however, is performed in the language of the audience). The work is sometimes performed in the concert hall as an oratorio, as it was at its original performance in the Théâtre Sarah Bernhardt in Paris on May 30, 1927, and at its American premiere the following year given by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Harvard Glee Club; it has also been presented on stage as an opera, the first such performance being at the Vienna State Opera on February 23, 1928. It was subsequently presented three times by the Santa Fe Opera in 1960, 1961, and 1962 with the composer in attendance.
Oedipus rex was written towards the beginning of Stravinsky's neoclassical period. He had considered setting the work in Ancient Greek, but decided ultimately on Latin: in his words "a medium not dead but turned to stone."

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Roles in Oedipus Rex

Oedipus Tenor
Jocasta Mezzo-Soprano
Creon Bass-Baritone
Tiresias Bass
Shepherd Tenor
Messenger Bass-Baritone
Narrator Spoken

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Arias from Oedipus Rex

Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Nonne erubescite Popularity:

Opera: Oedipus RexComposer: StravinskyAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Latin

Roles: Jocasta
2Non riperias Popularity:

Opera: Oedipus RexComposer: StravinskyAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Latin

Roles: Oedipus
3Dikere non possum Popularity:

Opera: Oedipus RexComposer: StravinskyAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Latin

Roles: Tiresias