Fri 16 Mar
Ticket Information: £7
Producer: Alexander Kaniewski
In Association with: York St John University and York Theatre Royal
Directed by: Alexander Kaniewski
Musical Composer: Helen Madden
A deeply moving and powerful performance of Euripides’ Medea, retold through the lens of Maria Callas, one of the last great divas of opera.
This contemporary opera was designed and directed by Alexander Kaniewski. Through bring together the glamour, passion, and romance of the opera with minimalist movement, gesture and design, Medea tells the story of two women scorned by love.
The opera parallels and contrasts the life of the great opera singer and that of the character Medea who Callas played many times in her career. A tale of betrayal, heartbreak and the fury of a woman who would become her own legend.
The harrowing tale of Medea will unfold before you in perpetual motion through the image of the moving human form within time and space. The opera’s fresh and original score has been composed by Helen Madden and blends the traditional structure and dramatic tones of opera with that of repetitive minimalistic music, to create an environment that transports the viewer to a world which pauses between reality and fiction.
This theatre performance with live musical ensemble captures the essence of the character that is La Callas, one of the most glamorous and powerfully sophisticated women of the 20th century, in one of her iconic and most empathetic roles, as Medea.