Driven by love, Medea leaves her native land only to find her hopes shattered in a far-off country. Benedict Andrews directs Komische Oper’s new production of Reimann’s MEDEA. Nicole Chevalier leads the cast in the title role. Contemporary music theatre at its best!
In his operas, Aribert Reimann often tackles the great stories of the literary canon: Shakespeare’s KING LEAR, Kafka’s THE CASTLE and, in 2010, one of the great Greek tragedies, MEDEA.
The tales of Medea, Jason, the Argonauts and the Golden Fleece are among the most famous myths of Ancient Greece. Euripides made Medea, a sorceress from Colchis and Jason’s first wife, the main character of one of his most famous tragedies. Her atrocious revenge on the treacherous Jason has inspired poets, musicians and artists alike for centuries, among them Austrian playwright Franz Grillparzer who made her the main character of the third part of his trilogy THE GOLDEN FLEECE.
Reimann adapted Grillparzer’s text and took it as the basis for his composition, putting Medea into a modern context: She is a stranger in Greece, a migrant shunned by her surroundings. And she is the one to return the works of art that have been plundered from Colchis. If everything has been taken from you, what possibilities are left to you?
Australian film and theatre director Benedict Andrews, who formerly has staged Prokofiev’s THE FIERY ANGEL at the Komische Oper in 2014, now returns for Berlin’s first production of MEDEA. Under the musical direction of Steven Sloane, Nicole Chevalier will perform in the title role.