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21, 24, 25, 27, 28, 31 October 2007
Luigi Cherubini
Opera in three acts di François-Benoît Hoffmann dall’omonima tragedia di Corneille

Conductor Bruno Campanella
Production, Set and Costume Designer Yannis Kokkos
Production restaged by Giulio Ciabatti
Lighting Designer Bruno Ciulli

Teatro Massimo Orchestra and Chorus

Production by Tolosa Théâtre du Capitole


Creonte Felipe Bou
Glauce Daria Masiero 21, 25, 28 e 31 October
Clara Polito 24 e 27 October
Giasone Rubens Pelizzari 21, 25, 28 e 31 October
Sung Kyu Park 24 e 27 October
Medea Chiara Taigi
Neris Agnes Zwierko
Capo delle guardie Antonio Barbagallo 21, 25 e 28 October
Riccardo Schirò 24, 27 e 31 October
Prima ancella Katia Ilardo 21, 25 e 28 October
Maria Di Benedetto 24, 27 e 31 October
Seconda ancella Luisa Francesconi 21, 25, 28, 31 October
Miriam Artiaco 24, 27 e 31 October


Sunday 21 October 2007 8.30 pm PREMIERE
Wednesday 24 October 2007 6.30 pm S/2
Thursday 25 October 2007 6.30 pm B
Saturday 27 October 2007 8.30 pm F
Sunday 28 October 2007 5.30 pm D
Wednesday 31 ottobre 2007 6.30 pm C


The wedding of Jason and Dircé, daughter of Creonte, is approaching. In Creonte’s royal palace the bride-to-be is tormented by anxiety fearing the possible return of Medea, who refuses to accept that Jason, to whom she has given two children, has abandoned her. The chorus and the confidantes of Dircé attempt to comfort her, as do both Jason and Creonte.
The sudden appearance of Medea comes as a terrible shock to Dircé and Jason has to lead the sorceress away. Medea tries to bend to Jason’s will, hoping to dissuade him from his decision to be married again. But the contrast between the two leads to the bitter hatred of Medea who summons Colchos and his darkest horrors to prevent the wedding taking place.

Medea calls upon the terrible Eumenides to shed blood and bring terror to Creonte and his daughter Dircé. Accompanied by her hand-maiden Neris, Medea obtains Creonte’s permission to spend one more day in Corinth. The king begs her to calm her wrath, whereas she, with the help of Neris, is seeking vengeance to match the offence and suffering she has known. Medea’s next encounter with Jason sees her in remissive attitude, as she asks her former husband to let her have her two children back. She is prepared to try to win the pity of Jason, but Jason will not be moved.

Events confirm her desire to seek the vengeance that she had planned. She confides in Neris, telling her that she intends to give the bride-to-be Dircé her gown, crown and her personal effects all poisoned. During the wedding procession Medea pronounces cruel wishes for the couple.

Medea is awaiting the childrens of her marriage with Jason to complete her criminal plans. Neris pushes the childre into their mother’s arms. Medea is touched when she sees them but will not be distracted from her plan to kill them. They are her children but what matters most is that Jason is their father and through the children he must pay for the offence he has committed. Cries from the palace inform us that Dircé is dead. Jason, moved to pity and fearful for his children, begs Medea to bring them to him: it is too late, they have already been killed. As the crowd runs from the blaze, the flames spread and engulf both the temple and the palace. The destruction and flames destroy the scene.



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Photographs Franco Lannino ©Studio Camera