Médée by Luigi Cherubini


'''Médée''' or '''Medea'''|Medea (disambiguation)}}

'''''Médée''''' is a French language opéra-comique by Luigi Cherubini.

The libretto by François-Benoît Hoffmann (Nicolas Étienne Framéry) was based on Euripides' tragedy of Medea and Pierre Corneille's play ''Médée''.[http://www.operone.de/opern/medeecheru.html Information from Operone website]

The opera was premiered on 13 March 1797 at the Théâtre Feydeau, Paris. It met with a lukewarm reception and was not immediately revived. During the nineteenth- and most of the twentieth-century, it was usually performed in Italian translation as ''Medea'', with the spoken dialogue replaced by recitatives not authorised by the composer. More recently, opera companies have returned to Cherubini's original version.

The long-lost final aria, which Cherubini appears to have blanked out in his original manuscript, was discovered by researchers from the University of Manchester and Stanford University by employing x-ray techniques to uncover the blackened out areas of Cherubini's manuscript.

[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-22910052 "Cherubini opera restored after 200 years"] on bbc.co.uk, 14 June 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2013