Classical music

Enescu Oedipe: London Philharmonic Orchestra

Part of Classical Season

Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Sir Willard White star in the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance of Enescu’s powerful opera Oedipe, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski.

'I have defeated Destiny! I have defeated the Gods.' The myth of Oedipus is almost as old as Western civilisation, and in George Enescu’s operatic version the story of a great king doomed from birth by a relentless Fate is both timeless and shatteringly urgent.

When the Royal Opera staged it in 2016, critics hailed it as 'spellbinding'; for this performance Vladimir Jurowski has assembled a fine cast that includes Sir Willard White, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Christopher Purves and Ruxandra Donose plus two of Romania’s leading choirs. As we continue to explore the themes of the Belief and Beyond Belief festival, Enescu’s powerful drama asks questions that cannot be ignored.


London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Teddy Tahu Rhodes baritone, Oedipe
Sir Willard White bass-baritone, Tirésias
Christopher Purves baritone, Créon
Graham Clark tenor, Shepherd
Mischa Schelomianski bass, High Priest
In-Sung Sim bass, Phorbas
Albert Dohmen baritone, Watchman
Boris Pinkhasovich baritone, Thésée
Marius Vlad Budoiu tenor, Laïos
Ruxandra Donose mezzo-soprano, Jocasta
Ildikó Komlósi mezzo-soprano, The Sphinx
Gabriela Istoc soprano, Antigone
Dame Felicity Palmer contralto, Mérope
Choir of the George Enescu Philharmonic
Romanian Radio Children's Choir


Enescu: Oedipe - opera in 4 acts
-: (concert performance in French with English surtitles)


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Part of Belief and Beyond Belief festival

Performance time
Please note start time of 7pm.

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The following concerts are not included in this offer: Meow Meow and London Philharmonic Orchestra: More Pandemonium... With a Festive Twist (4 Dec 2017) and A Golden Gala Evening: London Philharmonic Orchestra (27 Jan 2017).

before & after

EAT Cafe at the Southbank
EAT. creates, makes and serves fresh food to go including soups, hot pots, salads and sandwiches
Couple having a cocktail in Ping Pong restaurant at the Southbank Centre
At Chinese restaurant Ping Pong, a buzzing cocktail bar meets the delights of dim sum