MÉDÉE

BY CHARPENTER

"The greatest opera of the entire French Baroque era" 

Playbill


June, 2020
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.


Thurs 18 June 7pm  |  Sat 20 June 2pm  |  Sun 21 June 5pm | Tues 23 June 7pm

City Recital Hall Sydney

Médée by Charpentier


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/ English haute-contre Sebastian Monti 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.

Important Information:
Cancellation of Médée due to COVID-19


Dear Patrons,

Pinchgut Opera’s performances of Médée by Charpentier had to be cancelled due to the NSW Government extending the ban on public gatherings until the end of June. Médée was scheduled to perform at City Recital Hall 18 - 23 June and if you are a current ticket holder to this performance your options are as outlined below:

  1. Donate the value of your tickets to Pinchgut Opera 

To do this, simply email the Opera Australia Box Office with the subject line DONATE my Médée tickets to PINCHGUT OPERA and the Box Office team will convert the value of your tickets to a tax-deductible donation. You will be emailed your donation receipt in due course.    

  1. Credit for a future Pinchgut Opera performance

To exchange your tickets, please email the Opera Australia Box Office with the subject line CREDIT my Médée tickets for a future PINCHGUT OPERA performance and you will retain the balance of the cost of your tickets on your account for use at a future date, within 3 years.    

  1. Refund

If you do nothing, your purchase will automatically be refunded within 28 days. There's no need to contact Pinchgut Opera or Opera Australia – a Ticketing representative will contact you directly if there's a problem processing your refund. 

If you have purchased tickets through the City Recital Hall Box Office, you will automatically receive a refund, no action needed.

We thank you for your understanding and ongoing support, and we look forward to being in touch again with further developments and new ways to enrich your lives through the beautiful music we all adore.

PROGRAM


Charpentier Médée

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.

REVIEWS


"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."

CUTCOMMON

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! 

OPERA ATELIER

Vivaldi

History and Story
of Médée

Medee

Charles-André van Loo - Mils Clairon en Médée (1760)

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