Mark-Anthony Turnage

Greek

A new Scottish Opera and Opera Ventures co-production
Co-presented with Edinburgh International Festival

Festival Theatre

Edinburgh

Sat 5 Aug to Sun 6 Aug

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Theatre Royal

Glasgow

Fri 2 Feb to Sat 3 Feb

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Based on the play by Steven Berkoff

This new co-production with Opera Ventures is directed by brilliantly inventive Young Vic Artistic Associate Joe Hill-Gibbins, working with acclaimed designer Johannes Schütz.

A modern re-telling of the Oedipus myth, Turnage’s anarchic, provocative opera exposes the seedy world of Eddy and his family. Stuck in a rut, Eddy longs for more. When he is told of a prophecy that he will kill his father and bed his mother he is appalled, leaving home to seek a different life. But can he escape the plague that is coming, or is he, in fact, the source?

‘I love Greek. It’s punky and irreverent, but beautiful and lyrical too. And it has an amazing contemporary resonance. Its air of discontent – of a black cloud hanging over society – really chimes with us today.’ Joe Hill-Gibbins

Swinging between urban angst and lyrical tenderness, Turnage’s score is an audacious blend of influences – from the jazz of Miles Davis to the football chants of the terraces – held together with his signature rhythmic energy. The world-class cast includes a wealth of British talent; Susan Bullock, Allison Cook and Andrew Shore perform alongside name-to-watch Alex Otterburn, winner of an International Opera Award bursary and one of Scottish Opera’s Emerging Artists for 2017/18. Music Director Stuart Stratford conducts.

Sung in English with English supertitles

Running time approx. 80 mins (no interval)

This production has been made possible with generous support from Sarah Billinghurst and Howard Solomon, Alistair and Elizabeth Storey, and Denise Coates Foundation. With additional support from the KT Wong Foundation and the Boltini Trust.

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This production contains strong language

Cast & Creative Team

Eddy
Alex Otterburn*
*Scottish Opera Emerging Artist

Eddy's Mum/Waitress/Sphinx
Susan Bullock

Eddy's Sister/Waitress, later Eddy's Wife/Sphinx
Allison Cook

Eddy's Dad/Cafe Manager/Chief of Police
Andrew Shore & Henry Waddington*
*2 & 3 Feb

Conductors
Stuart Stratford & Finnegan Downie Dear*
*3 Feb

Director
Joe Hill-Gibbons

Set Designer
Johannes Schutz

Costume Designers
Alex Lowde

Lighting Designer
Matthew Richardson

Movement Director
Jenny Ogilvie

Dramaturg
Caroline Steinbeis

Access

If you are visually impaired, you can enjoy the full opera experience with live commentary that describes the action on stage without compromising the music. Free touch tours including the set, props and costumes are also available before the show.

Touch Tours

Edinburgh
Sun 6 Aug, 3.45pm

Glasgow
Sat 3 Feb, 6pm

Audio Described

Edinburgh
Sun 6 Aug, 5pm

Glasgow
Sat 3 Feb, 7.15pm

Contact the box office at your local venue to book – tickets should be booked at least two weeks in advance. Discounts available. Touch tours only available to audio-description bookers. Guide dogs welcome. Find out more.