A new performance of ‘Oedipus’ show by George Enescu, starring baritone Andrew Shroeder for the first time in this mise en scene, is due at Bucharest National Opera on Sunday, February 7, at 7 p.m.
‘Oedipus’ is staged by the Argentinian-born Valentina Carrasco and is the latest opera production of the Bucharest National Opera. The performance was part of the autumn conference of “Opera Europa” international network, which took place in Bucharest in November last year and which presented performances from 36 countries in Romania.
“I like Nietzsche’s idea-that gods are like children playing with our lives. They get involved in this game, just like children when they are focused on the game and can change their mind very quickly, without any explanation. That’s why our lives can seem so chaotic and absurd sometimes, for they are the outcome of a fresh and irrational child game. I think Oedipus is a victim of this game, just like the rest of us. Somehow, I believe it’s a relief that our destiny is the grip of children. No sobriety, no fear. Just game,” Valentina Carrasco used to say about the production staged in Bucharest.
Baritone Andrew Schroeder is widely considered one of the most versatile singers in the world today, equally at home in opera, concert and recital.
His most recent opera-engagements include Don Fernando in Fidelio at the Opéra de Lyon and the Edinburgh International Festival, the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Oper Stuttgart, the title role in Chausson’s Le Roi Arthus and Jupiter in Platée at the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg, Agamemnon in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Aulide at Oper Stuttgart, the title role in Enescu’s Oedipe at La Monnaie in Brussels and at Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff at the Opéra de Rennes, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte at Palm Beach Opera, Grand Prêtre and Dieu Infernal in Gluck’s Alceste at the Festival in Aix-en-Provence with conductor Ivor Bolton, Thoas in Iphigénie en Tauride at the Theater an der Wien conducted by Harry Bicket and Agamemnon in Iphigénie en Aulide with La Monnaie under the baton of Christophe Rousset and Horemhab in the Phillip Glass opera Akhnaten with the Vlaamse Opera.