A new Scottish Opera and Opera Ventures co-production
Fri 2 Feb to Sat 3 FebBook Tickets
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 Henry Waddington 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.
This production contains strong language
Cast & Creative Team
Greek 2017: TrailerA preview of our anarchic new production of GREEK, playing as part of Edinburgh International Festival 5 & 6 August 2017, and coming to Glasgow in February 2018. Mark-Anthony Turnage's anarchic, exhilarating reboot of the Oedipus legend is as painfully relevant today as it was at its premiere in 1988. A co-production with Opera Ventures.
Greek 2017:' If I'm not back by dawn...' Alex Otterburn as 'Eddy'
Greek 2017: What is Greek Like?
Greek 2017: Who is Eddy?
Stuart Stratford on Greek | Edinburgh International Festival 2017Conductor Stuart Stratford tells us more about Mark-Anthony Turnage's blazing opera Greek which exploded onto the stage in 1988 and overnight redefined what opera can be.
What the press said
'What a radical work is Mark-Anthony Turnage's first opera...even after thirty years.' ★★★★★ The Herald
'Has lost none of its scabrous power.' ★★★★★ The Times
'Joe Hill-Gibbins’ revival of this 30-year-old piece demonstrates that Greek has lost neither its scabrous virtuosity nor its sheer theatrical punch.' ★★★★ The Financial Times
'A bold, brave production, just as uncompromising as Turnage’s opera itself.' ★★★★ The Telegraph
'Three decades later, it feels more relevant than ever.' ★★★★ The Stage