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Médée(s)

Airs and dances from Medea H.491, lyrical tragedy by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, libretto by Thomas Corneille - 1693

Airs and sinfonia from Teseo WV 9, opera seria by Georg Friedrich Handel, libretto by Nicola Francesco Haym and Philippe Quinault - 1713

Lila Hajosi, mezzo soprano
Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu
Franck-Emmanuel Comte, harpsichord and musical direction

On stage:
1 soloist, 8 instrumentalists (strings quintet, oboe/flute, bassoon/flute, harpsichord)

A legendary enchantress brought to life by the musical geniuses of Charpentier and Händel. 

The ancient myth of Medea has long fascinated artists. From Euripides to Delacroix and Pasolini, the storied sorceress of Greek mythology has captivated and appalled in turns. Fiery and extravagant, her kaleidoscopic personality inspired baroque composers to pen some of their most spectacular arias: within twenty years of each other, Marc-Antoine Charpentier (in his tragédie lyrique Médée) and George Frideric Handel (in his opera Teseo) fashioned two very different musical incarnations of Medea. Paired in this dramatic concert program, the masterpieces complement each other and provide two very revealing interpretations of the same legendary personality, both of which are brought to life on stage by the brilliant mezzo-soprano Lila Hajosi.

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In partnership with Panta Rei Music.

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Medea's character

Video portrait of Lila Hajosi

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