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New York Premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage's Greek

Dec. 01, 2018

New York Premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage's <em>Greek</em>

The New York premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage's gripping opera Greek took place on December 5 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) as part of the 2018 Next Wave Festival, with additional performances upcoming at BAM through December 9. Greek comes to New York in an Opera Ventures and Scottish Opera co-production directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, with The Orchestra of Scottish Opera conducted by Stuart Stratford.

Turnage’s opera, based on the stage play by Steven Berkoff, transports Sophocles's mythological tale of Oedipus to London’s East End of the 1980s, which is plagued by police violence, racism, and socioeconomic decay. The score deftly enhances the vitality and turbulence of the text with its infusion of jazz and rock. Originally commissioned for the 1988 Munich Biennale, Greek put Turnage on the world stage, with the many productions that followed quickly establishing his international reputation.

("Love Aria" from Act II of Mark-Anthony Turnage's Greek/The Greek Ensemble/Richard Bernas)

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Mark-Anthony Turnage

Greek (1986-1988)
opera in two acts
based on Steven Berkoff's stage play of the same title
libretto adapted by Mark-Anthony Turnage and Jonathan Moore

for soprano, mezzo-soprano, two baritones, 4 actors and speaking roles

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