George Enescu’ ‘Oedipe’ will be performed again on the stage of the Bucharest Opera House, on Sunday, February 7, at 7 p.m. For the first time in this new staging, baritone Andrew Schroeder will be cast in the lead role. This performance will also occasion several debuts in roles interpreted by Bucharest Opera House artists.
‘Oedipe,’ a show directed by Argentinean artist Valentina Carrasco, is the institution’s latest opera production. The premiere was included in the autumn scheduled of the “Opera Europe” international conference hosted by Bucharest on November 18-21, 2015, and brought to Romania the works of the most important opera houses from 36 countries.
Referring to ‘Oedipe,’ the main national work of its kind and at the same time the only one that can be found in the repertoire of several prestigious theatres worldwide, composer George Enescu confessed: “It is not up to me to say whether ‘Oedipe’ is or isn’t the best of my works. All I can say is that, of them all, it is the dearest to me. First of all, because it cost me months of work and years of turmoil. Then, because I invested in it all of my feelings, my thoughts, so much so that one point I was merging with my hero. Nobody would believe me if I were to say in what state of exaltation I was thinking about Oedipus and composing, note by note, this huge opera.”
Valentina Carrasco has collaborated with the renowned Spanish group ‘La Fura dels Baus’ ever since 2000, having impressive activity in important lyrical theatres throughout the world: Teatro Real in Madrid, Paris Opera, Maggio Musicale in Florence, Palau de les Arts ‘Reina Sofia’ in Valencia, English National Opera in London, Gran Teatre de Liceu in Barcelona, Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Teatro all Scala in Milan, Rome Opera, Lyon Opera, Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires etc.
This season, another staging of ‘Oedipe,’ directed in 2011 by Valentina Carrasco and renowned artist Alex Olle (La Fura dels Baus) for Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, will also premiere at London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden.
“I like this idea – Nietzche’s idea – that Gods are like children who are playing amusingly with our lives. They involve get themselves involved in this game, just like children who focus on the game and can change their minds very quickly, with no explanation. That is why our lives may seem chaotic or meaningless sometimes: they are the results of an irrational and fresh children’s game. I believe that Oedipus – just as all of us – is a victim of this game. Somehow, I believe it is a relief that our destiny is in the hands of children. Without gravitas, without fear. Just playing,” Valentina Carrasco stated about the show in Bucharest.
Having an extremely varied repertoire, baritone Andrew Schroeder has an important international career, having been the guest of numerous lyrical theatres and festivals throughout time: the Lyon Opera House, the Edinburgh International Festival, Stuttgart Opera House, Opera National du Rhin in Strasbourg, Opera de Rennes, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Theater an der Wien etc. He also successfully played the leading role in George Enescu’s ‘Oedipe’ at Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels and the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. His repertoire includes leading roles in the works of Hector Berlioz, Ludwig van Beethoven, Georges Bizet, Benjamin Britten, Gaetano Donizetti, Charles Gounod, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Jules Massenet, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Sergey Prokofiev, Richard Strauss, Giuseppe Verdi.
Tickets can be bought at the Bucharest Opera House’s ticket booths every day, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., or online from tickets.operanb.ro.