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  • Julian Anderson

    Julian Anderson

    Composer Biography

    Julian Anderson studied with John Lambert, Alexander Goehr and Tristan Murail and first came to prominence when his orchestral Diptych (1990) won the RPS Composition Prize in 1992.

    Anderson is currently Composer in Residence at London’s Wigmore Hall. Recent projects have included a Violin Concerto, ‘In lieblicher Bläue, whichwas premiered by Carolin Widmann and the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski in March 2015, with further performances by the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the Seattle Symphony.


  • Shortlisted 2015
    Category Stage works
    Work Thebans

    About this work

    Thebans unites British composer Julian Anderson and his librettist, the distinguished playwright Frank McGuinness. This compelling re-telling of Sophocles’ timeless Theban tragedies focuses on the fate of Oedipus and his daughter Antigone. Murder and incest, political ambition, love and loyalty, hatred and revenge drive everyone on a collision course which can only lead to catastrophe.

    Music Director Edward Gardner leads the ENO Chorus and Orchestra and an outstanding cast of ENO regulars, including Roland Wood as the tormented Oedipus, Susan Bickley as his wife/mother Jocasta, ENO Harewood Artist Julia Sporsén as the doomed Antigone, and Peter Hoare as Creon.

    Commissioned by the English National Opera with support from The Boltini Trust, PRS for Music Foundation and ENO’s Contemporary Opera Group

    It received its UK premiere at the ENO, London on 3rd May 2014.

    Click Here to watch an ENO promotional video about Thebans.