Opera – Oratorio Oedipus Rex by Stravinsky and the Greek Original (SPhP XI, 1996)

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Ewa Skwara


This article is a voice in the discussion on the methods of stage implementation of Greek tragedy. The discussed staging of “Oedipus Rex” opera by Stravinsky (Tokyo ‚94) is dominated by non-verbal means of expression (music, set design, costume, stage movement), thus setting a supporting role for the libretto. Nevertheless, the performance arouses similar feelings and emotions as Sophocles’ drama.


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Skwara, E. (2017). Opera – Oratorio Oedipus Rex by Stravinsky and the Greek Original (SPhP XI, 1996). Symbolae Philologorum Posnaniensium Graecae Et Latinae, 27(3), 7–12. https://doi.org/10.14746/sppgl.2017.XXVII.3.1


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