FESTIVAL D’AIX EN PROVENCE: Œdipus Rex/Symphonie de Psaumes (Stravinski)

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Date(s) - 07/04/2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

IISER Auditorium



Stravinky’s most powerful dramatic work and one of the peaks of his output, it shows his wonderful sense of style and power of drawing inspiration from every age of music , and leaving the whole a perfect shape, satisfying every aesthetic demand” 

On the occasion of its 70th edition, the Festival d’Aix En Provence is offering free screenings of operas around the world! The Alliance Française de Pune and Festival d’Aix En Provence,  in association with Fondation Orange, Arte, IISER and Poona Music Society,  are happy to offer free screenings of operas from April to August 2018. (Find the full program here), Screening ‘Oedipus Rex/Symphonie de Psaumes by Stravinski 

7th April, 7 PM
C. V. Raman Auditorium,
IISER, Pashan, Pune

“Consulendum est, Jocasta,
Volo videre pastorem.
Sceleris superest spectator.

I want to find out the truth, Jocasta
I want to see the shepherd.
He still lives, he who witnessed the crime.
Jean Cocteau, Œdipus Rex, act II (1928)


Œdipus Rex, opera-oratorio after Sophocles, libretto by Jean Cocteau translated into Latin by Cardinal Jean Daniélou, adapted by Peter Sellars. It was first performed on 30 May 1927 in a concert version at the Sarah Bernhardt Theatre, Paris Symphony of Psalms, first performed in Brussels on 13 December 1930.

Plague has descended on Thebes. Oedipus, the king, wants to find out who is responsible. In an uncompromising search for the truth, he gradually comes to realise that he is the guilty one; guilty of killing King Laius, his father, and marrying Queen Jocasta, his mother. Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex is a reworking of Sophocles’ uncompromising play, told in archaic Latin and set to music of hieratic splendour. And to give us the next instalment – the subject matter of Oedipus at Colonus, also by Sophocles – director Peter Sellars came up with the idea of complementing Stravinsky’s dramatic oratorio with a lavish piece for choir and orchestra: the Symphony of Psalms. This takes us on a journey from the depths of the abyss to the bright light of passionate alleluias, a journey comparable to that made by the ageing Oedipus, now blind and in exile, and guided by his daughter Antigone to the place where he will die. Salonen and Sellars, passionate Stravinskians both, take us on the trail of the King of Thebes in the company of an acting Antigone, some stunning soloists, three Scandinavian choirs and the spellbinding Philharmonia Orchestra.

This event is organised in partnership with Festival D’Aix En Provence, Fondation Orange and IISER.