Unanimous praise for Paul’s rendition of the role of Oedipe at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest under the baton of Vladimir Jurowsky
“Singing the title role of Oedipe, Paul Gay seemed tireless. From the lyricism of the second act to the full throttle drama of the third, right through to the final, glorious apotheosis, his dark baritone rang through the auditorium. Throughout the opera, there was a real sense of character development, an already conflicted man thrust into the most tragic and dramatic circumstances.”
Paul will have a Major Debut in the title role of Enescu’s Oedipe at the Bucarest Music Festival and at the royal festival hall in London with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowsky on the 2nd and the 23rd of September.
(Sung in French with English surtitles)
Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Paul Gay Oedipe*
Sir Willard White Tirésias
Christopher Purves Créon
Graham Clark Shepherd
Mischa Schelomianski High Priest
In Sung Sim Phorbas
Maxim Mikhailov Watchman*
Boris Pinkhasovich Thésée
Marius Vlad Budoiu Laïos
Ruxandra Donose Jocaste
Ildikó Komlósi The Sphinx
Gabriela Iştoc Antigone
Dame Felicity Palmer Mérope
Choir of the George Enescu Philharmonic
Romanian Radio Children’s Choir
London Philharmonic Orchestra
‘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 an implacable 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, Paul Gay, 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 can’t be ignored.
September, 2 at the Georges Enescu Festival in Bucarest.