Médée’s passion for Jason turns to murderous fury when he shifts his attention to a younger woman. Is there anything she won’t do to get her revenge?
Charpentier’s sensual lyricism and dramatic insight take us deep inside the mind and heart of this terrifying woman who refuses to be a victim – even at the cost of her own flesh and blood.
Pinchgut favourite mezzo-soprano Caitlin Hulcup takes on the role of the tortured Médée with French haute-contre Cyril Auvity as her lover Jason. Alexandra Oomens, Andrew Finden and Adrian Tamburini are joined by Cantillation and the inimitable Orchestra of the Antipodes to tell this passionate story.
In the brilliant hands of Artistic Director Erin Helyard, Médée’s legendary story will be brought to the stage for the first time in Australia, with all the grace, eloquence and power of the French Baroque era.
Sung in French with English surtitles
Thurs 18 June 7pm | Sat 20 June 2pm | Sun 21 June 5pm | Tues 23 June 7pm
City Recital Hall Sydney
This performance will run for approximately 3 hours including an interval.
There will be a talk about the history of the piece 45 minutes before each performance on level 3, City Recital Hall.
"Hulcup delivers with an artistry to take the breath away."
THE INDEPENDENT (UK)
"The French haute contre Cyril Auvity, much in demand in Europe, is fitting for so wavering a character (as Jason). His identifiably French timbre is ideally suited to Charpentier's sonorities. He is also a remarkably fine, very physical actor who even succeeds in making us feel some empathy for his character's weakness."
STAGE DOOR (USA)
"Alexandra Oomens' "luminous" soprano."
Médée is Charpentier’s major work, the result of all his work on voice, an exceptional example of orchestral wealth, a magnificent drama due to Thomas Corneille’s libretto expressing Médée’s tragic and devouring fate: a masterpiece!