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2022

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01 Dec 2022

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03 Dec 2022

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04 Dec 2022

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06 Dec 2022

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07 Dec 2022
Venue

City Recital Hall
2 Angel Place, Sydney

Running time

3 hours including interval

Language

Sung in French with English surtitles

The greatest opera of the French Baroque era, Médée is high drama and emotion: French tragédie lyrique in its most classic form.

The sorceress Médée is driven by desperation and the abandonment of her lover Jason to do the unthinkable, and ultimately murder her own children.

Charpentier’s sensual lyricism and dramatic insight take us deep inside the mind and heart of this powerful and damaged woman who refuses to be a victim – even at the cost of her own flesh and blood.

Returning to Pinchgut after her star turn in The Return of Ulysses, mezzo-soprano Catherine Carby takes on the role of the tortured Médée, with the brilliant Michael Petrucelli, who was thrilling in 2019’s Farnace, as her lover Jason. Cathy-Di Zhang, Andrew Finden and Adrian Tamburini are joined by Cantillation and the inimitable Orchestra of the Antipodes to tell this passionate and unforgettable story.

In the brilliant hands of Artistic Director Erin Helyard, Médée’s legendary story will finally be brought to the stage for the first time in Australia, with all the sophistication, eloquence and power of the French Baroque era.

Cast & Creative

Conductor
Erin Helyard
Director
Justin Way
Médée
Catherine Carby
Jason
Michael Petrucelli
Créuse
Cathy-Di Zhang
Oronte
Andrew Finden
Créon
Adrian Tamburini
Nérine
Chloe Lankshear
Chorus
Cantillation

Orchestra of the Antipodes