Anna Caterina makes her role debut as Charpentier’s Médée

Anna Caterina Antonacci returns to the Grand Théâtre de Genève this week to make her title role debut in a new production of Charpentier’s Médée. Conducted by Leon Garcia Alarcón and directed by David McVicar, the production is the third part in Grand Théâtre’s series about the Myth of Medea, following Cherubini’s Médée in the 2014/15 season, and Cavalli’s Il giasone in 2016/17 starring Kristina Mkhitaryan.

Anna Caterina has previously collaborated with director David McVicar on multiple projects, perhaps most notably as Cassandra in Berlioz’s Les Troyens (recently at the Wiener Staatsoper) and as Elizabeth I in Britten’s Gloriana at Teatro Real Madrid.

Known as a ‘tragédie mise en musique’ in five acts, the opera tells the tragic story of Médée who, after taking refuge in Corinth with her husband Jason, realises that Jason loves the daughter of the King. Médée plots her vengeance by poisoning the princess and murdering her own children.

Performances in Geneva mark Anna Caterina’s first foray into Charpentier’s masterpiece, having previously performed Cherubini’s Médée in Turin, Athens, Toulouse, and Paris. She recently spoke with the Tribune de Genève about the role, the differences between Charpentier’s and Cherubini’s Médée, and David McVicar’s production. Read the interview (in French) here.

Premiering on Tuesday 30 April, the performances continue on 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 May 2019. For tickets and further information, please visit the Grand Théâtre de Genève website.


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“David McVicar a fait de Médée une sorte de bête assoiffée de sang; il lui a conféré ce trait extrême, qui place le personnage loin de ce champ psychiatrique et fataliste que suggère Cherubini. Il fait une fois encore preuve d’une grande créativité. J’ai chanté pour lui des personnages de Britten, Berlioz, Haendel ou Monteverdi et à chaque fois, j’ai retrouvé dans ses approches une fantaisie et une imagination débordantes.” La Tribune de Genève a rencontré Anna Caterina Antonacci qui incarne au Grand Théâtre le rôle-titre de Médée. Photo : GTG / @mag.doug . . . #medee #charpentier #baroque #grandtheatre #geneve #opera #geneveopera #cappellamediterranea #mcvicar #alarcon #antonacci #medea #jason #tragedy #lyrical #instaphoto

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