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Work: Médée/Medea

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ComposerCherubini, Luigi (1760-1842)
PeriodClassical
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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Cherubini: Médée/Medea
Carlo Rizzi; Sir David McVicar; Metropolitan Opera; Doey Lüthi; Paule Constable; The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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Smoke without fire: Medée fails to ignite

Fine musical performances meet Andrea Breth's dreary new production in a dramatically unsatisfying evening at the Staatsoper.
***11
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In Konwitschny's modern Medea, monsters are made by men

Director Peter Konwitschny's staging of Cherubini's Medea critiques rejection and mistreatment of refugees. A strong new German translation and a talented cast make this a must-see.
****1
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Lise Davidsen utterly captivating as Medea at Wexford Festival

A fascinating modern production of Cherubini's masterpiece Medea. Lise Davidsen is especially noteworthy while the rest of the cast give luminous performances. 
****1
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Classical heroines in distress: reviewer in heaven

Prague’s classical music community is walking a little taller and prouder this week. Collegium 1704 stepped up on Saturday night with an 18th century opera program that offered an inspirational reminder of how period music can and should be played.
*****
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Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques light up a powerful Médée

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Scorned womanhood has no better archetype than Euripides's Medea. And you're unlikely to see a more powerful or affecting Medea than Nadja Michael's performance in Cherubini's opera Médée, in the first production of the new season at La Monnaie in Brussels (De Munt, if you're a Flemish speaker.)Like all good Greek tragedy, we all know the story.
*****
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