30 April > 11 May 2019
Grand Théâtre de Genève


Tragédie mise en musique in 5 acts and a prologue by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Libretto by Thomas Corneille. Premiered at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal in Paris on December 4, 1693.

New production in French in coproduction with the English National Opera

Sung in French with English and French surtitles
Duration: approx.3h40 (with two intermissions)

Médée - Trailer

The only lyrical tragedy of Marc-Antoine Charpentier constitutes the third part of the Myth of Medea that the Grand Théâtre has been sharing with you for several seasons. First of all it was the Medea by Cherubini (14-15 season), then Il Giasone (16-17) by Cavalli at the Opéra des Nations and at the Théâtre de Versailles. The sorceress, Medea, has been a constant inspiration to artists from antiquity to the present day. Involved in infanticide, fratricide and regicide, Medea is the true embodiment of the tragic person, the ultimate lover, who breaks every taboo. Cast aside for a younger woman by her husband, Jason, she assassinates her rival and her own children and completely ruins Jason’s happiness. Médée is the great work of Charpentier, it is both a culmination and a testament. He finally came to opera at 50 years of age because, at that period, the privilege of the opera was held by Lully. David McVicar, who had impressed us with his reading of Wozzeck, is back on stage at the place de Neuve and revisits Charpentier’s masterpiece in the company of La Cappella Mediterranea, directed by Leonardo García Alarcón.

Musical Director

Leonardo García Alarcón
Stage Director David McVicar
Dramaturgy Christopher Cowell
Choreographer Lynne Page
Set & costumes Designer Bunny Christie
Lighting Designer Paule Constable
Stage Direction Assitant Morgan Richards
Reprise of the Choreography Gemma Payne
Reprise of the Lighting Design Martin Doone
Médée Anna Caterina Antonacci
Nérine Alexandra Dobos-Rodriguez
Jason Cyril Auvity
Créon Willard White
Oronte Charles Rice
Créuse | 1st  phantom Keri Fuge
Arcas | Revenge | An Argian Alban Legos
Cléone | Love | 1st captive Magali Léger
Jealousy | 3rd captive
2nd  Corinthian | A Corinthian
Jérémie Schütz
An Italian woman | 2nd captive
2nd phantôm
Mi-Young Kim
1st Corinthian | Argian José Pazos
Grand Théâtre Opera Chorus
Director Alan Woodbridge  
Cappella Mediterranea   

Conference about the work


Apr 2019
Tuesday 30 |  7:30 pm
May 2019
Friday 3 |  7:30 pm
Sunday 5 |  3 pm
Tuesday 7 |  7:30 pm
Thursday 9 |  7:30 pm
Saturday 11 |  7:30 pm

Performances at the Place de Neuve.