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Neglected masterpieces

Other rarely-performed operas that deserve to be re-evaluated.

Cyrano de Bergerac - Franco Alfano

L'amore dei tre re (The Love of Three Kings) - Italo Montemezzi

Genoveva (Genevieve) - Robert Schumann

Paul Bunyan - Benjamin Britten

Der Traumgörge (Görge the Dreamer) - Alexander Zemlinsky

Król Roger (King Roger) - Karol Szymanowski


Other operas based on the Oedipus legend by Sophocles.

Oedipus Rex - Igor Stravinsky

Oedipe à Cologne - Antonio Sacchini

Oedipe (Oedipus) - George Enescu

Information about the opera Oedipe by George Enescu, and the best recordings available on CD or DVD, or for download.

A wonderful opera that contains beautiful, moving music, and deserves to be rescued from obscurity.

Recommended recordings on CD

Gielen/Pederson/Silins (Naxos 8.660163-64)


Recorded live at the Vienna State Opera in 1997, this is a superb recording and performance of this underrated opera.

Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna State Opera Orchestra, conducted by Michael Gielen, 1997.

Cast: Monte Pederson (Oedipe), Egils Silins (Tiresias), Davide Damiani (Creon), Michael Roider (Shepherd), Ruxandra Donose (Antigone).

Naxos 8.660163-64

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Foster/Dam/Bacquier (EMI 7 54011-2)

7 54011-2

A superbly moving performance with excellent sound.

Les Petits Chanteurs de Monaco, Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orféon Donostiarra, conducted by Lawrence Foster, 1989.

Cast: José van Dam (Oedipe), Gabriel Bacquier (Tiresias), Marcel Vanaud (Creon), Nicolai Gedda (Shepherd), Barbara Hendricks (Antigone).

EMI 7 54011-2