Peter Sellars

Peter Sellars and Los Angeles Master Chorale Find Communal Consolation

Feeling a little raw these days? Between the pandemic and political instability, things sometimes seem to be falling apart — a deeply unnerving sensation. Millions of Europeans felt much the same way in the mid-17th century, during the long and destructive Thirty Years’ War. A few fortunate ones found deep solace in the music of Heinrich Schütz.
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Best Bets: Sf Symphony Stages Stravinsky's 'Oedipus Rex' With Peter Sellars

The classic Greek tragedy "Oedipus rex" by Sophocles, perhaps the earliest and most dramatic example of the "big reveal" in theater, formed the basis of an opera-oratorio written by Igor Stravinsky in the 1920s, with a text translated into Latin from a libretto by Jean Cocteau. San Francisco Symphony music director Esa-Pekka Salonen and famed theater director Peter Sellars are collaborating on a staged version of it this weekend, paired with a production of Stravinsky's nod to his own Russian Orthodox roots, the "Symphony of Psalms." The three performances, in addition to winding up the Symphony's subscription season, are also launching a four-year Salonen-Sellars partnership, which will produce three other stagings of major works. The San Francisco Symphony Chorus will be on hand to participate as the Greek chorus, and the vocal talent will include tenor Sean Panikkar as Oedipus, mezzo-soprano J'Nai Bridges as Jocasta (his mother-wife!) and bass-baritone Willard White in the roles of Creon, the Messenger and Tiresias. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in San Francisco's Davies Hall. Tickets, $20-$85, are available at and (415) 864-6000.