FYI: Opera previews Medea's high drama

Costume designer Inda Blatch-Geib sketched this costume for the title character of CIM’s production of "Medea," which will be previewed at Porter Library on Oct. 3.

The Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, sponsors of the FYI: Opera programs, announced that "Medea," an opera written by Cherubini, will be previewed on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m., at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.

David Bamberger, artistic director of the Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Theater, will provide pertinent notes of interest and introduce four talented singers, who will perform arias from "Medea." The CIM voice students are: Nayoung Yeo of Seoul, Korea, singing the title role of Medea; Meg Linebough of Columbus, Ohio, singing Neris, Medea’s confidante; Andrea Gadzinski of Virginia Beach, Virginia, singing Glauce, Medea’s rival; and Aaron Lange of Portland, Oregon, singing Jason, Medea’s husband.These singers will star in CIM’s full production of "Medea," in November, which will mark a Cleveland premiere of the opera.

“Luigi Cherubini was 4 years younger than Mozart and 10 years older than Beethoven, and is sort of a bridge between the two. He also lived much longer than either of them and produced an enormous amount of music,” Bamberger said. According to "The New Penguin Opera Guide," Beethoven regarded Cherubini as the greatest of his contemporaries.

A story of love, rejection and revenge may sound like a 21st century best-seller, however, that theme has captured audiences as far back as ancient Greece when Euripides created the story of "Medea." And the theme was old when Cherubini wrote his opera in 1797, late in the decade of the French Revolution. This macabre tale of a woman scorned has etched the authors’ names in history and the arts.

Bamberger noted that Maria Callas famously used "Medea" as one of the vehicles through which she brought the bel canto operas back into the modern repertoire and many other sopranos have since taken on the title role.

The Oct. 3 program is part of the FYI: Opera series, sponsored by the WWAC for over 25 years, and is offered free to the public.

Louise Seeholzer

Publicist for Westlake-Westshore Arts Council

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