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Terje Stensvold at the Edinburgh International Festival

 Date:23/08/2007
 Type:Culture, Concert
 Location:Scotland, Edinburgh

A fantastic cast gathers to perform Oedipus Rex at the Edinburgh International Festival, one of the most original works of the twentieth century and a powerful and dramatic rendering of this famous story. Stravinsky's famous opera features among others Norwegian baritone Terje Stensvold.

The programme opens with Stravinsky’s ballet Orpheus, an evocation of the classical Greek myth. Not only does Stravinsky owe his inspiration to Monteverdi, it is a heartfelt personal tribute. A fantastic cast gathers to perform Oedipus Rex, one of the most original works of the twentieth century and a powerful and dramatic rendering of this famous story. Composed in collaboration with Jean Cocteau it has become one of his most popular works, mixing spoken texts by the narrator in English with striking musical passages sung in Latin. Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts, who was also cast as the eponymous character in Opera North’s major success Peter Grimes last year, sings the role of Oedipus.

ORPHEUS & OEDIPUS REX
by Igor Stravinsky

Concert performance sung in Latin with narration in English.

Oedipus: Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts
Jocaste: Natascha Petrinsky
Creon: Terje Stensvold
Tiresias: Matthew Rose
Shepherd: Andrew Kennedy
Messenger: Neal Davies
Narrator: Simon Russell Beale

Edinburgh Festival Chorus with David Jones as Chorus Master, and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with Ilan Volkov as Conductor.

What the critics say:
Natascha Petrinsky: ‘scaled the melodic joys and sorrows with flesh-tingling intensity.’
- THE INDEPENDENT

‘Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts’s massive performance in the title role is beyond praise.’
- THE TIMES

Event details:
Date: 23 August 2007
Place: Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Time: 8pm
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