In the Wings

Backstage glimpses with Boston Lyric Opera

THE HERO: Complexes and All

Oct 13, 2016 1:20:23 PM
By John Conklin posted in #GreekBLO, Oedipus, Oedipal Complex, Psychoanalysis, Freud

Few concepts from modern psychology have entered the cultural and popular imagination to the extent of Sigmund Freud’s Oedipus Complex. At once a source of revulsion and titillation, the theory that young boys desire their mothers and hate their fathers is named for the ancient myth of Oedipus, who unwittingly fulfills an oracle’s prophecy that he will marry his mother and kill his father.
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HIGH NOTES: Portrait of a Sphinx

Oct 6, 2016 10:36:41 AM
By John Conklin posted in #GreekBLO, Sphinx, Oedipus

The Sphinx—a creature with the head of a human and the body of a lion (and often with the wings of bird) occurs in many cultures. The Egyptian Sphinx is typically depicted as a man, a benevolent guardian and the bearer of mysterious knowledge and secrets.
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