I've seen it defined as either wealthy gentleman (he is a king) or fortunate spear (the spear is his best weapon) there is also an opera called edgar, so he's got a double operatic name also, praetor rusty mentions that he may be named after edgar, the elder son of gloucester in shakespeare's king lear in the play.
(eight years later, sellars was to play shakespeare in jean-luc godard's bizarre film version of king lear ) even before sellars's version of the marriage of figaro was first performed at purchase in the summer of 1988 and repeated there , along with the other two da ponte operas, the following summer don giovanni.
King lear is generally regarded as one of william shakespeare's greatest tragedies it is based on the legend of leir of britain, a legendary king of brythons (britain) there are two distinct versions of the play: the true chronicle of the history of the life and death of king lear and his three daughters,.
King lear unlike many of shakespeare's plays that are about kings, king lear's actually not a history play it's based on the story of king leir (see what shakespeare did there he just changed the spelling and made it his own) king leir was sort of a legendary king of the britons 'i am arthur, king of the britons' ' you're.
The history of king lear is an adaptation by nahum tate of william shakespeare 's king lear it first appeared in 1681, some seventy-five years after shakespeare's version, and is believed to have replaced shakespeare's version on the english stage in whole or in part until 1838 unlike shakespeare's tragedy, tate's play.