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    Marc-Antoine Charpentier

    Of all the versions, Charpentier’s masterpiece celebrating the glory of Medea is among the most faithful to the grandiose nature of the ancient myth.

    Véronique Gens
    Véronique Gens © Sandrine Expilly
    Cyrille Dubois
    Cyrille Dubois © Philippe Delval
    Hervé Niquet
    Hervé Niquet © Julien Mignot

    Véronique Gens | Médée
    Cyrille Dubois | Jason
    Judith van Wanroij | Créuse
    Thomas Dolié | Créon
    David Witczak | Oronte
    Hélène Carpentier | Victory / Nérine / Love
    Adrien Fournaison | Le Chef du peuple / Un habitant / Argive / Vengeance
    Floriane Hasler | Bellone
    David Tricou | Sheperd / First Corinthian / Argive / Third captive / A demon / Third phantom
    Fabien Hyon | Sheperd / Arcas / Second Corinthian / Jealousy
    Jehanne Amzal | Italian Woman / Cléone / First shepherdess / First captive / First phantom
    Marine Lafdal-Franc | Glory / Second shepherdess / Second captive / Second phantom

    Hervé Niquet | direction
    Le Concert Spirituel Orchestra and Choir

    Sung in French with French and English subtitles

    After so many years during which the opera privileges enjoyed by Lully limited him to performances of pastorals and religious music, Charpentier final made it to the Opéra stage at the age of 50. He had already won over audiences with his Malade Imaginaire, a comédie-ballet created with Molière twenty years earlier. Médée is Charpentier’s magnum opus, the culmination of all his vocal work, an outstanding example of rich orchestration, and a magnificent experience of tragedy courtesy of Thomas Corneille’s libretto and the tragic and all-consuming fate of Medea – a true masterpiece! However, Médée’s reception in Paris was not on a par with the work itself, and it was not considered sufficiently “fashionable". Charpentier therefore stepped back from all the cabals which were making the Opéra a hotbed of schemers. Médée is Charpentier’s only lyric tragedy and we regret all those he might have written if fate, politics and Lully had not decided otherwise (Source: Centre de musique baroque de Versailles).

    Coproduction Théâtre des Champs-Elysées / Centre de musique baroque de Versailles / Le Concert Spirituel
    Concert broadcast on Mezzo (date to be confirmed)
    Concert to be broadcast on TCE Live

    Médée, magicienne de théâtre aux mille visages

    Dotée de pouvoirs surnaturels par son ascendance divine, Médée est une femme libre et rebelle. 

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