Reviews: What Did Critics Think of Medea at The Metropolitan Opera? | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: What Did Critics Think of Medea at The Metropolitan Opera?

The NYC institution kicked off its 2022-23 season with Cherubini's opera September 27, starring Sondra Radvanovsky.

Sondra Radvanovsky in Cherubini's Medea Marty Sohl / Met Opera

The Metropolitan Opera's 2022-2023 season opened September 27 with Cherubini's Medea, the premiere production of the work for the company. The 1797 opera was presented in its Italian translation, made popular in the 20th century by Maria Callas. Performances run through October 28.

Based on Pierre Corneille's Médée and the tragedy by Euripides, Medea tells the story of the titular sorceress, spurned by Giasone after having helped him steal the golden fleece, who comes to Corinth, where Giasone is about to marry the princess Glauce, to seek her revenge.

Read the reviews here.

Financial Times (George Loomis)

New York Classical Review (Rick Perdian)

The New York Times (Zachary Woolfe)

Observer (Gabrielle Ferrari)

Operawire (David Salazar)

Parterre (Eli Jacobson)

The Wall Street Journal (Heidi Waleson)

Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

Medea is directed by David McVicar, marking his twelfth production with the Metropolitan Opera. The cast is led by Sondra Radvanovsky as Medea, Matthew Polenzani as Giasone, Janai Brugger as Glauce, Michele Pertusi as Creonte, and Ekaterina Gubanova as Neris. Carlo Rizzi conducts.

Director David McVicar serves as set designer for the production. The creative team also includes costume designer Doey Lüthi, lighting designer Paul Constable, projection designer S. Katy Tucker, and movement director Jo Meredith.

The Met's 2022-2023 season will feature six more new productions, including the world premiere of Kevin Puts' The Hours (starring Tony nominee Renée Fleming and Tony winner Kelli O'Hara), Giordano's Fedora (also directed by McVicar), Wagner's Lohengrin, the Met premiere of Terence Blanchard's Champion, and Mozart's Don Giovanni (directed by Ivo van Hove) and Die Zauberflöte. The season will also include sixteen revivals, including John Doyle's production of Britten's Peter Grimes, Bartlett Sher's production of Verdi's Rigoletto, and a holiday presentation of Julie Taymor's production of Mozart's The Magic Flute.

See Production Photos of The Met premiere of Cherubini’s Medea

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