Théâtre Feydeau, Paris Company: Julie-Angélique Scio (Médée) / Pierre Gaveaux (Jason)
World premiere of version
Theater an der Wien, Wien
Torsten Fischer, director Conductor: Fabio Luisi Company: Iano Tamar / Zoran Todorovich / Arnold Schoenberg Chor / Wiener Symphoniker
Time and Place
La scène est à Corinthe dans le palais de Créon.
The commanding role of Medea provokes both sympathy and dismay; Cherubini’s music draws us into her inner struggle, the dramatic shift from love to devastating hatred. Rather than focussing on the plot itself, however, the opera explores the psychological processes experienced by the characters. With its stylistic diversity, its dark grandeur and sublimity as well as its grand, self-contained musical scenes, Médée points far beyond the operas of Cherubini’s contemporaries. Hence the acclaim for the work expressed by Haydn, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Wagner and Brahms does not come as a surprise; indeed, Brahms went so far as to praise Médée as the “highest dramatic art”.
Michael, Streit, Stotijn, Le Texier, Van Kerckhove / Les Talens Lyriques & Chœurs de la Monnaie / Christophe Rousset (Brussels 2011, directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski)
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