Unveiled to the UK at the Edinburgh International Festival, Greek is now a modern opera classic, lauded in productions across the world. Mark-Anthony Turnages blazing opera exploded onto the stage in 1988 " and overnight redefined what opera can be. Based on the in-your-face stage play by Steven Berkoff, Greek gives the ancient myth of Oedipus a contemporary resonance in which racism, police violence, strikes and inner city decay combine in an apocalyptic vision of a divided Britain.
Thuggish young Eddy is stuck in a rut. He longs for a life beyond his current lot. But when hes told hell kill his father and sleep with his mother, hes appalled, fleeing his grimy home for a shiny new life. But can he escape the coming cataclysm " or is he the trigger?
Turnages audacious score blends the brutal sounds of the streets with a touching lyrical tenderness, taking in influences from the jazz of Miles Davis to the chants of the football terraces, all bound together with his renowned muscular power.
This brand new staging is a co-production between Scottish Opera and Opera Ventures, a new UK charity dedicated to transforming the production of opera globally. Acclaimed young British baritone Alex Otterburn stars as grungy anti-hero Eddy, alongside revered British singers Susan Bullock, Allison Cook and Andrew Shore. Scottish Opera Music Director Stuart Stratford conducts and the production is directed by the brilliantly inventive Young Vic Artistic Associate Joe Hill-Gibbins.
With its choked Cockney drawl and its demonic energy, Turnages Greek is aggressive, defiant and profane " an operatic blow to the stomach with all the fury of a pub brawl.
All the music's edges are still razor-sharp, with rap and free jazz cutting into the urban angst and wistful lyricism
Turnage has become one of the most successful composers in Britain, if not the planet
This production containsstrong language