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Operas based on Greek tragedies are nothing new. However, Leoncavallo chose, for what would be his last opera, to use the Sophocles play as the libretto- a very daring idea. The result may not be one hundred percent successful but it makes for very interesting theater. Premiered posthumously in 1921 in Chicago, the title role was written for Tito Ruffo. The music is almost a blend of Verissmo and beaux-arts. High on glamour and melody. This opera is definitely more than just a curio and deserves to be revisited. The sound is outstanding.