Thursday, August 04, 2005

Love Opera? Hate Opera? Try Julie Taymor's Brilliant Oedipus Rex, now on DVD

After the Lion King, is there any more famous or lauded director today than Julie Taymor, a status confirmed again by her magical production of The Magic Flute for the Met this season? Add in Sophocles, Stravinsky, Jean Cocteau, Jessye Norman, Seiji Ozawa and a young(er) Bryn Terfel - if this production of the opera Oedipus Rex doesn't offer an all-star lineup made in heaven, what does?

What a sad commentary on the current state of marketing opera and classical music that it's taken over a decade to bring this incredible production to DVD (up to now it's been available only on VHS)

And incredible this production is. The marriage of Sophocles, with his implicit violence . . . read more

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