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Review: An Opera Updates Oedipus, With Peroxide-Blond Hair

Dec 06, 2018 - The New York Times

“Greek,” a cheeky, winking, surprisingly affecting 1988 opera by Mark-Anthony Turnage playing at the Brooklyn Academy of Music through Sunday, tells a brutal story. An updating of Sophocles’s “Oedipus Rex,” it’s about — I don’t think this will be a spoiler — a man who accidentally stumbles into killing his father and marrying his mother, sins that cause a plague and are expiated only when he gouges out his eyes and exiles himself.

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