Enescu at Covent Garden

Spectacular production of Enescu`s rarely performed Oedipe at Covent Garden today.
Starting with a true coup du theatre with a tableaux vivente that appears to be an opening curtain that suddenly starts to move,there must have been about 50 people on stage and a most spectacular ending with Oedipus disappearing into a stream of light and water.
Of course this sort of sprechtgesang relies on staging as there are no memorable arias or melodies.This is pure story telling along the lines of Henze,Weil or even Britten.
A superb John Tomlinson as Tiresias,the blind prophet and of course an equally superb Oedipus in Johan Reuter.
But the company ,for you cannot call a moving mass of singers a chorus ,was all the more remarkable for bringing the whole scene alive as in the then revolutionary use of the chorus in Peter Grimes in the forties.
I well remember the great stage director Orazio Costa telling me that he walked out of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in the 50`s when the trade unions would not allow its chorus members to be used as actors.
Here the revolutionary director known as La Fura dels Baus has changed all that once and for all -Thank God.
Hugh Canning in the Times quite rightly states it us the best thing for years to hit the Garden and he should know!

foto di Christopher Axworthy.
foto di Christopher Axworthy.
foto di Christopher Axworthy.
foto di Christopher Axworthy.
foto di Christopher Axworthy.
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