Simon Mayr's 'Medea in Corinto' From Valle d'Itria Festival
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Not widely known today, Simon Mayr was among the most important opera composers of the early 19th century, bringing German harmonic language and orchestral color to the world of Italian opera. His "Medea in Corinto" tells the gripping mythological story of a woman so obsessed with revenge that she destroys her own children.
Mayr's exciting and often deeply moving "Medea in Corinto" comes to World of Opera in a first-rate production from the Valle d'Itria Festival in Martina Franca on the Adriatic coast of Italy. It's a drama that presents one of classic Greek mythology's most notorious characters in a distinctly sympathetic light — right up until she commits the stupefying crime of murdering her own children. Soprano Davinia Rodriquez stars in the title role, alongside tenors Michael Spyres and Enea Scala, in a performance led by conductor Fabio Luisi.
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Medea: Davinia Rodriquez (soprano)
Jason: Michael Spyres (tenor)
Egeo: Enea Scala (tenor)
Creonte: Roberto Lorenzi (bass)
Creusa: Mihaela Marcu (soprano)
Evandro: Paolo Cauteruccio (tenor)
Ismene: Nozomi Kato (soprano)
Transylvania State Philharmonic Chorus
Italian International Orchestra
Fabio Luisi, conductor