Luigi Cherubini (1760-1842)
Opéra comique en trois actes
Libretto : François-Benoît Hoffman
Adaptation : Warlikowski/Longchamp
||Hendrickje Van Kerckhove
Les Talens Lyriques
Conductor : Christophe Rousset
Stage director : Krzysztof Warlikowski
Three years after the creation of Médée, Krzysztof Warlikowski and Christophe Rousset were together again at La Monnaie for the revival of one memorable production whose staging reinforces the violence, tension and cruelty of this tragedy.
Whilst this work by Cherubini is considered part of the ‘opéra-comique’ genre, it is only due to the presence of spoken dialogue, which has been modernised here in the Polish stage director’s interpretation.
Written in 1797, Cherubini’s faithful version of Euripides’ ancient tragedy is one of the most savage and powerful works of the opera repertoire, relating the cruel vengeance of a wounded woman for whom infanticide seems to be the only solution to her humiliation in love. As a continuation of Gluck’s music, Cherubini’s work is of boundless emotion, at once a refined, terrifying and desperate portent of a tragic outcome.
The cast : Nadja Michael as Médée, Kurt Streit as Jason, Christianne Stotijn as Néris Médée’s slave, Vincent Le Texier as King Créon and Hendrickje Van Kerckhove as Dircé Créon’s daughter. Christophe Rousset is conducted Les Talens Lyriques and the Chœurs de la Monnaie.