This week, the Moscow Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre sees the premiere of a new production of Luigi Cherubini’s opera Médée staged by Alexander Titel, Artistic and Chief Director of the theatre’s opera company. Hibla Gerzmava will be singing the title role in a pair of performances on Thursday, May 14 and Sunday, May 17.
The opera Médée was premiered in 1797 in Paris. The work based on Euripides’ tragedy of Medea and Pierre Corneille’s play Médée is considered one of the greatest masterpieces of the French opera composed on the edge of 18th-19th centuries. The role of Médée is famed for its difficulty. It demands not only outstanding vocal skills but also a great actor’s talent and charisma. In this production, the opera will performed in Italian translation made by Carlo Zangarini with the spoken dialogue replaced with recitatives by Franz Lachner.