Scottish Opera premier will be all Greek in New York

Opera fans will have the chance to see Scottish Opera and Opera Ventures’ co-production of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Greek in the Big Apple this December when it makes its US debut.

Following the success of the production at the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Howard Gilman Opera House will host four performances, running from December 5-9.

Put together by Scottish Opera and Opera Ventures, the production includes a cast of British talent, featuring Alex Otterburn in the role of Eddy.

The opera is a modern re-telling of the Oedipus myth based on the play by Steven Berkoff, and focuses on the seedy world of Eddy and his family. Eddy, fed up with life as he knows it, is looking for more, so when he is told a prophecy that he will kill his father and sleep with his mother, he leaves home in an attempt to escape the twisted predictions.

The invitation to perform at BAM this Winter was met with excitement by Scottish Opera’s General Director, Alex Reedijk who said: “Scottish Opera is extremely proud of Greek, of the wonderful cast and creative team who made this marvellous production for the Edinburgh International Festival last year in collaboration with Opera Ventures.

The opera remains, in equal measure, a powerful and moving response to Britain in the 1980s and startlingly relevant to today’s turbulent political times.

While John Berry, Opera Ventures artistic director said: ‘Greek is the first project to be instigated by Opera Ventures, and we are all looking forward to presenting this ground-breaking piece in New York following last year’s success at Edinburgh International Festival. BAM, with its beautiful theatre and inquisitive audience, is the perfect venue for Greek’s New York premiere.

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