World premiere of Azio Corghi’s tragic opera Giocasta in Vicenza on 19th June 2009 (additional performance on 20th) as part of the concert season “Il Suono dell’Olimpico”. Commissioned by the ensemble Punto It, the opera is an extension of the celebrations that took place for the 500th anniversary of the birth of Palladio. Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, the tragedy that, together with the music of Andrea Gabrieli, inaugurated the Teatro Olimpico in 1585 is on this occasion given a modern reading in the libretto by Maddalena Mazzocut-Mis. A silent figure in the traditional version, here Giocasta, mother and queen, offers a first-hand account of her own plight, overcoming the horror of the tragedy by examining her life in a lucid and poignant monologue. The score features a female reciting voice (Chiara Muti), a mezzo-soprano (Victoria Lyamina), an eight-voice madrigal choir (Swingle Singers), solo viola (Anna Serova) and an instrumental group (the Orchestra del Teatro Olimpico conducted by Filippo Faes). The opera has been produced by the Orchestra del Teatro Olimpico from Vicenza and by Ensemble Punto It.