Can a person escape their fate? From Snorri’s Edda and Greek mythology to Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Game of Thrones, we have been fascinated and terrified by our perceived inability to control our own lives for thousands of years. In Igor Stravinsky’s opera-oratorio Oedipus Rex after Sophocles’ tragedy of the same name, the unconquerable power of destiny is painfully present. The music mirrors the terrible story of the king who unwittingly kills his father and marries his mother, as well as Stravinsky’s own, tortured existence. Director Peter Sellars then intertwines it with the Symphony of Psalms, composed three years later, to enact the end of King Oedipus’ life. Blind and banished from his home, he wanders as a refugee, guided by his daughter Antigone, but eventually finds a sanctuary and dies with regained honour. Stravinsky, who himself led a nomadic and inconstant life, lets us approach him in the music, where he exposes his own feelings of otherness, and his desire for belonging, togetherness, and peace.
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