Met Opera Live in HD streams ‘Medea’ in Whitefish

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The Whitefish Theater Company and the Whitefish Performing Arts Center co-present the second live-on-screen performance of the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD 2022-2023 season. Luigi Cherubini’s seldom-performed masterpiece, “Medea,” premieres at 10:55 a.m. on Saturday, November 19 at the O’Shaughnessy Center in Whitefish. The approximate duration is three hours and 10 minutes, including an intermission. Tickets are sold at the door only, which will open at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students, paid for by cash or check only. Call 406-862-5371 to inquire about 10 scholarships.

Sung in Italian with English subtitles, “Medea” is the lyrical adaptation of the Greek myth of the witch Medea who stops at nothing in her quest for revenge. The New York Times called this production a “must see” where “opera doesn’t get any better than this” as “Médée” explores timeless themes of longing for love, betrayal, one woman’s despair powerless, and ruthless revenge.

In Act 1, Glauce, Princess of Corinth, prepares for her marriage to the hero Giasone. Yet on a day when she should be filled with joy, her overriding emotion is that of fear. As Glauce’s fears come true, the wedding celebrations are interrupted when Medea, who is still in love with Giasone, appears and demands that Giasone be returned to her. Giasone rejects Medea’s demands, saying he chose Glauce. Medea, hurt and enraged, cursed Giasone, calling on the gods of Olympus to help her in revenge.

In Act 2, preoccupied by Medea’s fury, the confidant Neris suggests that she leave Corinth. King Créonte arrives and he too asks Medea to leave the city. Médée begs Créonte to be allowed just one more day with her children. She even orders Neris to deliver a dress and a crown as gifts to the bride-to-be. As the wedding procession passes, however, Medea expresses cruel wishes for the newlyweds.

Finally, in Act 3, Medea’s gifts were soaked in poison and Glauce died. This fiery tale of Greek myth ends tragically, as Medea delivers an act of vengeance supreme in her rage and state of betrayal.

Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky plays the role of the mythical witch Medea. Since her Met debut in 1996 as Countess Ceprano in “Rigoletto,” she has sung more than 200 Met performances in 27 roles. Joining Radvanovsky is tenor Matthew Polenzani as Giasone, soprano Janai Brugger as Glauce, bass Michele Pertusi as Creonte and mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Gubanova as Neris. Maestro Carlo Rizzi directs the performance. This production is by David McVicar, director of many past Live in HD performances. Mezzo-soprano superstar and Grammy Award winner Joyce DiDonato will host this transmission with an exclusive behind-the-scenes look.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase during the show. This opera is the second of 10 Metropolitan Opera Live in HD performances from November to June. Four operas are presented at the O’Shaughnessy Center and six operas are presented at the Whitefish Performing Arts Center. Go to www.whitefishtheatreco.org to learn more about the entire Met Opera Live season in HD or call 406-862-5371 for more information.

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