9-24 Mar 2024


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage

Running time

1:55, incl. 1 interval


From € 16

Oedipus Rex / Antigone

Jocasta’s Line

Oedipus Rex / Antigone

Ancient tragedy in contemporary form

The ill-fated family line of the Theban queen Jocasta resonates between two works brought together under the direction and choreography of Wayne McGregor: Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex (1927) and Samy Moussa’s new work Antigone (2023).

Photo: Marta Syrko

Ancient tragedy in contemporary form

When Jocasta unwittingly marries her son Oedipus, an inevitable tragic continuity is passed to the next generation. Internationally acclaimed choreographer and director McGregor gives the classical tragedies of Jocasta, her son Oedipus and daughter Antigone a gripping, contemporary movement language: expect no narrative dance to illustrate the music and words, but rather an integrated experience in which the movements of singers and dancers reveal their own truths.



In Oedipus Rex, Stravinsky’s imposing opera-oratorio in Latin, the city of Thebes is afflicted by the plague. The only way to end it is to find and punish the old king’s murderer. Under pressure from his desperate subjects, King Oedipus goes in search of the perpetrator and discovers the horrific truth – that he himself is the guilty man. The incestuous couple is performed by a charismatic duo of celebrated singers: British mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly and Canadian tenor Sean Panikkar.


Samy Moussa

While Stravinsky’s oratorio assigns a key role to the male chorus, the Canadian composer Samy Moussa features the female chorus in his new composition. His Antigone, sung in Ancient Greek, deals with the tragedy of Oedipus’s daughter. Moussa’s lively, colourful sound palettes have previously been performed by the Wiener Philharmoniker and London Symphony Orchestra, among others. Conductor Erik Nielsen, a specialist in the modern and contemporary repertoire, will lead the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra in the premiere of Moussa’s major vocal composition.


Wayne McGregor

Wayne McGregor is a multi-award-winning British choreographer and director, internationally renowned for trailblazing innovations in performance that have radically redefined dance in the modern era. He founded Random Dance (now Studio Wayne McGregor) in 1992 and created over 30 works for its dancers. Since 2006 McGregor has been resident choreographer at the Royal Ballet. His works have been commissioned by the most important ballet companies in the world, including Paris Opera Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Bolshoi Ballet, New York City Ballet and many more. He has also directed various opera productions, including for the Royal Opera House in London (Dido and Aeneas and Acis and Galatea) and the English National Opera (Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice). His contemporary idiom of movement is a perfect match for the intense classical stories of Oedipus and Antigone.

Performance information

Choreography and stage direction  Wayne McGregor
Music Samy Moussa
Musical direction  Erik Nielsen
Set and costume design  Vicki Mortimer
Lighting design  Lucy Carter
Video design  Akhila Krishnan

Dancers  Dutch National Ballet

Oedipus Rex
Sung in Latin

Libretto Jean Cocteau, based on Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex

Oedipus  Sean Panikkar
Jocaste  Sarah Connolly
Creon  Bastiaan Everink
Tiresias  Rafal Siwek
Le Berger  Linard Vrielink
Le Messager  Frederik Bergman

World premiere
Sung in Ancient Greek, composed for women’s chorus and orchestra

Samy Moussa in collaboration with Niall Potter
Based on texts by Aeschylus, Apollodorus, Empedocles, Euripides, Philostratus of Lemnos and Sophocles

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Chorus master Edward Ananian-Cooper

Co-commission and co-production with Den Norske Opera (Oslo). Antigone: Co-commission with Festival de Lanaudière (Canada).

Ticket prices

Check out the ticket prices per price category via the link below. Youths up to 35 can attend this performance for only €25,00 (including booking fee), regardless of which price category is ordered.

Ticket prices

We offer discounts for specific groups in order to make our performances accessible to everyone. Check this page to see if you are eligible for a discount.

Standard City Pass Youths up to 35
1st € 109,00 € 99,00 € 23,00
2nd € 93,00  € 83,00 € 23,00
3rd € 76,00 € 66,00 € 23,00
4th € 55,00 € 45,00 € 23,00
5th € 28,00 € 26,00 € 23,00
6th € 16,00 € 15,00 € 23,00

Dutch National Opera & Ballet works with a system of dynamic pricing: during the booking period the ticket prices may increase, depending on demand. Prices exclude € 2,00 booking fee per ticket.

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Wayne McGregor
Photo: Pål Hansen

Wayne McGregor on Jocasta’s Line


Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra have been the main orchestral partners of Dutch National Opera for over thirty years. They are regarded as among the best opera orchestras in the world. The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam is the main regular stage for their concerts.

Photo: Melle Meivogel

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

In addition to the programmes with chief conductor Lorenzo Viotti and Gordan Nicolić (musical leader of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra), the orchestras collaborate with both internationally acclaimed guest conductors and soloists and top-class musicians from the up-and-coming generation. The orchestras perform at numerous venues, bringing people together through their music and giving both classical music aficionados and new audiences the perfect musical experience. With their welcoming home base in the NedPhO Dome in Amsterdam’s Indische Buurt neighbourhood, the two orchestras are at  the heart of the community and aim to make classical music accessible to everyone who shows an interest.

In the 2023-2024 season, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra will be playing the operas Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, Lohengrin, Il trittico and Oedipus Rex / Antigone.The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra can be heard in Die Zauberflöte and Roberto Devereux


An introduction will take place 45 minutes before the start of this performance, during which an expert will give background information and offer interesting perspectives on the performance, allowing you to get even more out of your theatre visit. The introductions are given in Dutch. They can be visited for free and without reservation, by showing your ticket for the performance.

Introduction Jocasta’s Line by: TBA
Location: Souterrain

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