In his tripartite chamber opera «The trilogy of the closed city - a new Oresteia»
Aurel Stroe (*1932) draws on Aeschylus' tragedy, which traces the development from the principle of individual revenge into an understanding of democratic law. Stroe had already conceptualised his fi rst composition on the subject of «The Eumenides» in his youth, after he had observed people in an apartment block in Bucharest who were watching the dictator Ceauşescu and his wife in a television programme which followed the party line. «The Eumenides», the third part, was composed by Stroe in 1985. It will be presented in a semi-staged production and will be cast unusually with nine singers and a saxophone. In the same year he fl ed the Ceauşescu regime for America.