CIM Opera Theatre Takes on the Lurid “Medea” story in Cherubini Work

November 8-11 @ 7:30PM

The story of Medea is one of the most dramatic in Greek mythology, which is loaded with dramatic stories. At its base is a recognizably human story of jealousy and betrayal, taken to extremes. The title character marries the hero Jason who leaves her for another woman whom she kills along with her own children. (No spoiler alert needed; everyone knows the story).

The universal emotions of the story have led to many versions including the play by ancient Greek playwright Euripides, a moving modern version called Mojado, set in Chicago’s Mexican neighborhood of Pilsen with Medea as an undocumented immigrant, and of course, an opera, because opera loves nothing more than violent passions and leaving the stage srewn with corpses.

Luigi Cherubini wrote his French-language Médée in the late 1790s; Maria Callas was acclaimed for her performance in the title role in the 1950s, a perfect mingling of tempestuous character and personality. Now the opera makes its Cleveland premiere as part of the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Opera Theater program. David Bamberger directs and Harry Davidson conducts the performances at CIM’s Kulas Hall.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students.

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