NY PREMIERE
Greek
Dec 5—Dec 9, 2018
 
Opera

Scottish Opera/Opera Ventures
Libretto by Steven Berkoff from his play Greek
Adapted by Mark-Anthony Turnage and Jonathan Moore
Composed by Mark-Anthony Turnage
Conducted by Stuart Stratford
Directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins
Associate Director Daisy Evans

 

On the streets of north London, Eddy, a modern-day Oedipus, dreams of a better life. After hearing a fortune teller’s disturbing prediction, he resolves at all costs to avoid shagging his own mum. But sure enough he finds himself in the prophetically maternal arms of an East End café manager and the very incestuous bed he sought to avoid.

In this in-your-face operatic retelling of the Oedipus tale, composer Mark-Anthony Turnage (Anna Nicole, 2013 Next Wave) transports Sophocles to an apocalyptic 1980s London, plagued by police violence, racism, and socioeconomic decay. Cleverly combining cockney-accented profanity and irreverent drama with Turnage’s audacious score and an outstanding four-person cast, Greek is an incisive, brash contemporary statement on fate and family.

 

Set design by Johannes Schütz
Costume design by Alex Lowde
Lighting design by Matthew Richardson
Video design by Dick Straker
Movement by Jenny Ogilvie
Dramaturgy by Caroline Steinbeis

Co-produced by Opera Ventures and Scottish Opera

 
 
LANGUAGE
English with English titles
RUN TIME
1hr 20min
VENUE
TICKET INFO
TICKETS START AT  $35
 
 
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“...a razor-sharp new production... it has lost none of its scabrous power.”
— THE TIMES (UK)
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“a bold, brave production, just as uncompromising as Turnage’s opera itself”
— THE TELEGRAPH (UK)
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Greek and the Tragedy of Thatcherite Individualism
Greek is set in a dystopian 1980s London plagued by police violence, racism, and socioeconomic decay. If this litany of ills feels close to home, it’s likely because the U.K. under Thatcher shared quite a bit in common with the U.S. under Trump.
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The Greek Legacy
Dive into Mark-Anthony Turnage's operatic trajectory, from 26-year-old composer of the boundary-breaking Greek to his foray into the life and times of pop icon Anna Nicole Smith.
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Alex Otterburn As Eddy In Greek Scottish Opera And Opera Ventures
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Opera director Joe Hill-Gibbons: How I got an Oedipus complex
Director Joe Hill-Gibbons learns to love Oedipus for all its rich, and sometimes concerning, complexities: “Oedipus might just be one story, but it’s open to 1,000 interpretations. Turnage and Berkoff’s Greek is one of the best I know. Irreverent, punky and playful, it nevertheless creates a feeling of real unease and, in its final stages, contains remarkable beauty.”
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London Voices, “Greek” Style
Emily Pillinger, a Classics lecturer at Kings College London, recounts her childhood experience with Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Greek and discusses how the work still resonates today.
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