A psychodrama based off Sophocles’s iconic Greek tragedy, Nechamkin says its one of his top-ten favorite works of all time.
“The compositional prowess, the intensity, the orchestral writing, the use of drama throughout the music, it’s a roller-coaster ride,” he said.
Queens audiences will have a chance to experience the piece firsthand this Sunday, when Opera Forum performs it at Saint Luke’s Church in Forest Hills.
Nechamkin says that while audiences and performers may initially approach the piece a bit intimidated, he has seen it transform into a favorite piece of all time for many.
“The performers all went into it with either fright or trepidation,” he said. “At first, you don’t know what’s going on, but then you start getting fluent, and it gets amazing. Several have said it’s become their favorite opera.”
The event will take place at 3 p.m., with a complimentary wine-and-cheese reception afterwards with a chance to meet the artists.