Du 17 Novembre au 3 Décembre 2023

Medea / Staatsopper Unter den Linden

  • Barockstage / Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin
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Medea / Staatsopper Unter den Linden

Medea is an ancient myth that is remarkably topical. The protagonist comes from the periphery of the known world and is a visible stranger in a civilised country; she disturbs peace and order, and becomes a hateful, avenging angel of death and destruction. Since the period of the ancient tragic poets, the material of Medea, Jason, and the Golden Fleece has often been staged in both opera houses and theatres alike, including around 1800 in Paris.

The native Florentine Luigi Cherubini came to the French metropolis in the 1780s to make his mark as an operatic composer. With his »Medée« of 1797, he achieved considerable success, which carried over into the following century. The dramatic intensification of Maria Callas’ performance in the 1950s brought new attention to the work. Cherubini, who remained in Paris and became one of the most prominent composers of his time, was inspired by the ancient tragic operas written by Gluck to create this work of profound seriousness and epic expression. The opera features significant scenes for the protagonist, skilfully composed choral and ensemble movements, and atmospheric introductions to each of the three acts. However, once Medea appears, the eponymous heroine takes centre stage as a captivating presence.



Musical director, Christophe Rousset

Director, Andrea Breth

Set design, Martin Zehetgruber

Costumes, Carla Teti

Light, Olaf Freese


Médée, Marina Rebeka

Jason, Stanislas de Barbeyrac

Créon, Peter Schöne

Dircé, Maria Kokareva

Néris, Natalia Skrycka

First handmaiden of Dircé, Regina Koncz

Second handmaiden of Dircé, Rebecka Wallroth



Médée, opéra in three acts (1797)

Music by Luigi Cherubini

Text by François-Benoît Hoffman



Vendredi 17 et vendredi 24 novembre – 19h

Vendredi 1 et dimanche 3 décembre – 19h


DURÉE : approximatively 2:40 hrs including one interval