English National Opera - Thebans Reviews
19 April 2021
Christopher Ainslie, Roland Wood
Jonathan McGovern, Roland Wood
Matthew Best
Christopher Ainslie

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No. of reviews: 12

Poesía cantada en ópera prima
28 May 14 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Sophocles' tragedies condensed by Julian Anderson in fast and furious bloodbath
11 May 14 / Express
Adequate but not inspired
9 May 14 / Telegraph
A viscerally powerful production from Pierre Audi
7 May 14 / Independent
A triumphant world première at ENO
6 May 14 / Londonist
The result is very impressive – intelligent, ambitious
6 May 14 / Classical Source
Julian Anderson and Frank McGuinness tackle Sophocles
6 May 14 / Financial Times (via Google)
A composer’s ambitious take on Sophocles makes a big impression in London
6 May 14 / New York Times
Impressive production of Anderson’s new Greek opera
5 May 14 / Seen and Heard
Julian Anderson's first full-scale opera, 'Thebans', impresses
5 May 14 / What's on Stage
A compelling and dramatic narrative that feels fresh and thrilling
4 May 14 / The Guardian
Julian Anderson's first opera offers a meditation on myth and human frailty
4 May 14 / The Arts Desk
"How I turned Oedipus into an opera"
For his first opera, Frank McGuinness has turned Sophocles's Oedipus trilogy into a single piece. He explains how his own family and politics helped him tap into Thebans' themes of vengeance and murder.
Thebans: 'Families are terrifying things'
Composer Julian Anderson and librettist Frank McGuinness on turning Sophocles' Oedipus into a taut musical drama at ENO.
Production details
Wood, Hoare, Sporsen, Best, Bickley, Ainslie, Gregory, McGovern
(c) Gardner (d) Audi
Performance dates
3, 8, 10, 17, 23, 31 May, 3 June 2014
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