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Subject: Re: Medea/Medee (was Re: Twelve Operatic Masterpieces You May Not Know)
From: Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 21 Dec 2017 20:07:46 +0000

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I also much prefer the version that Callas made so famous, but there are
great  things in the original French. I own an EMI set of extended scenes
from 10 French operas, including some very impressive singing by Rita
Gorr as Medee, recorded in 1962. One could do worse than the original!

While I'm at it I might as well list all the operas represented -
Guillaume Tell
Damnation de Faust
Romeo et Juliette
My beloved Mignon, such a terrific work and definitely a candidate for
inclusion in the Twelve you may not know.
Thais (Ugh!)
Iphiginie en Tauride

If you can find it, it's well worth owning.


On Thu, Dec 21, 2017 at 14:41 Max D. Winter <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Bob Rideout wrote:
> " 'Medea' is a superb vehicle for the few who can cope with both her
> musical and dramatic
> demands."
> But remember that the Cherubini/Lachner "Medea" in Italian, the one of
> which Maria Callas
> made such a meal, is quite a different opera from Cherubini's original
> French "Medee."  Some
> of Callas' greatest moments in "Medea" were in the Lachner recitatives and
> thus had nothing
> to do with Cherubini.  For example, in "Medee" Medee's entrance in Act I
> is all spoken
> dialogue up until Creon's rebuke ("Qui tremar devi tu" in the Italian).
> And the opening of the
> 3rd act ("Numi venite a me!"), in which Callas was so stunning in "Medea,"
> is all spoken
> dialogue in the French original; Medea only starts to sing at "De trouble
> affreur" ("Del fiero
> duol" (in the Italian version).
> I love the Cherubini/Lachner "Medea" too, BTW - I much prefer it to the
> French original - but
> we need to be clear about which opera we are referring to.

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