Shortened concert performances of Charpentier’s Médée and Rameau’s Les Boréades
From sorcery and bloody revenge to mortal love triumphing over divine decree: John Butt conducts abridged versions of two seldom-heard operatic masterpieces from the French Baroque.
Charpentier’s Médée is a spectacular retelling of a Greek legend of love, obsession and infanticide, recounting a love triangle involving the Argonaut hero Jason, who deserts the sorceress Médée for the Corinthian princess Créuse, and Médée’s cruel and pitiless revenge. The intensely dramatic opera features some of the most sumptuous, richly harmonic music of the high French Baroque.
Rameau’s lively, vivid Les Boréades, also based on Greek myth, is a stirring story of a queen punished for refusing to marry a god in favour of the mortal man she loves, full of colourful, evocative music.
John Butt conducts the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in shortened concert performances of the two operas that preserve the works’ vivid storytelling, with a fine cast of expert French Baroque singers including soprano Emmanuelle De Negri, tenor Reinoud Van Mechelen and bass Marc Mauillon.