Cherubini’s Medea in Geneva

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Tragedia in 3 acts by Luigi Cherubini
Libretto by François-Benoît Hoffmann, based on Euripides’ tragedy and Pierre Corneille’s play.
Italian translation by Carlo Zangarini.
First performed on 13 March 1797 at the Théâtre Feydeau, Paris and on 30 December 1909 at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan.

New production
At the Grand Théâtre de Genève

Sung in Italian with English and French surtitles

Due to reasons of ill health, Jennifer Larmore will not be singing Medea. The soprano Alexandra Deshorties will stand in for her part.

medea3 medea4 medea5Since its beginnings, opera has been characterized by its fascination for extreme personalities. No surprise then that many opera composers should have chosen as their subject one of the most fiery, passionate and violent figures of Ancient Greek legend: the vengeful sorceress Medea, daughter of the King of Colchis, who did not hesitate to murder her children and burn the temple of Juno to the ground on finding out the adulterous affair of her husband Jason. Among them, Luigi Cherubini’s Médée (1796) stands as a ground-breaking work in the history of French musical theatre. Making good use of the innovations introduced by Gluck, the Italian composer so admired by Beethoven imagined a musical tragedy containing the full measure of passionate fury and bloodthirstiness found in the ancient myth. Inspired by the tragedies of Euripides, Seneca and Corneille, Cherubini’s Médée was soon adapted in an Italian version, which became popular thanks to Maria Callas’ performances of the title role in the 1950s. Medea promises musical moments of dramatic intensity that will not be easily forgotten.

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Musical Director Marko Letonja
Stage Director Christof Loy
Set and Costume Designer Herbert Murauer
Lighting Designer Reinhard Traub
Body Expression Thomas Wilhelm
Dramaturgy Yvonne Gebauer
Creonte Daniel Okulitch
Glauce Grazia Doronzio
Giasone Andrea Carè
Neris Sara Mingardo
Medea Alexandra Deshorties
Captain of the Guard Alexander Milev
Fashion Designer Johanna Rudström
Her assistant Magdalena Risberg
Medea Jennifer Larmore

Grand Théâtre Opera Chorus
Director Alan Woodbridge
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

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