Then came Médée. When Marc-Antoine Charpentier could finally compose a tragic opera, and have it performed in Paris, in 1693, it was both a high point and a testament. After spending so many years spent prevented from playing anything else than pastoral compositions and religious music by Lully’s opera privilege, Charpentier finally reached the opera stage at the age of fifty.
To revive this baroque work Canadian director Marshall Pynkoski and the Toronto Opera Atelier take us into the arcana of seventeenth-century French music.
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