Sunday, October 10, 2010

Marc-Antoine Charpentier - Medee - Hunt, Padmore, Christie, Les Arts Florissants







Charpentier's Médée gets this writer's vote for the greatest opera of the entireMarc-Antoine Charpentier French Baroque era. In their retelling of the Medea legend, Charpentier and his librettist Corneille combine all the grace, charm, and artifice typical of the French Baroque era with truly gripping drama. William Christie and Les Arts Florissants  give a thrilling performance with a fabulous cast featuring stellar high tenor Mark Padmore and "La Divina" Lorraine Hunt (yes, she is the Maria Callas of 18th-century opera) in the role that made her a Baroque superstar. --Matthew Westphal


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