Event: Medea by the English National Opera
Location: London Coliseum, WC1
The English National Opera is putting on a new production of Medea by Charpentier in February. The production by David McVicar is the first professional staging of the French baroque opera in Britain, and stars Sarah Connolly.
In the classical Greek myth, when Medea is betrayed by her husband, she wreaks a terrible revenge, killing her children and poisoning the dress she is forced to give to her love rival Creuse.
British mezzo-soprano Connolly sings the title role, with US tenor Jeffrey Francis in his ENO debut as her husband Jason. The Scottish director McVicar, who was knighted last year for his services to opera, returns to the English National Opera for this production. He is known for his creative opera staging.
The ENO’s 2013 season also includes a new production of La Traviata (2 Feb-3 Mar), a revival of The Barber of Seville (25 Feb-17 Mar) and a ‘nightmarish’ new production of the Philip Glass opera on the life of Walt Disney, The Perfect American (1-28 Jun).
There will be nine performances of Medea sung in English from 15 Feb to 16 Mar with one matinee performance (16 Mar). Pre-performance talk on 20 Feb.