Great Performances: Season 21, Episode 15

Oedipus Rex (26 May 1993)

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Philip Langridge ...
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Oedipus Dancer
Bryn Terfel ...
Harry Peeters ...
Robert Swensen ...
Shepherd
Michio Tatara ...
Messenger
Kayoko Shiraishi ...
The Speaker
Katerina Bakatsaki ...
Saito Kinen Festival Dancers
Michael Curry ...
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Toyosaburo Hanayagi ...
Saito Kinen Festival Dancers
Hisako Horikawa ...
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Asako Hotta ...
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Yayoe Inage ...
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Hanako Kitazawa ...
Saito Kinen Festival Dancers
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The music is by Stravinsky (and not by stupid incompetent Philip Glass) and was written ten years before glass' unfortunate birth. The staging is simply extraordinary. The narrative in Japanese adds a threatening quality and intensity that the Latin version does not have. cf. Terzieff's version. The giant heads and hands are totally justified by the mythic aspect of the tale. The props and make up used for the plague are simply spot on. It's Taymor's best work. The singers are very good, especially Terfel. Langridge is quite moving and clean, and Norman finds the right expression, and her beauty is magnified here and finds its right place: larger than life. Simply a must.


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