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Médée : opera with a prologue and five acts

Author: Marc-Antoine CharpentierThomas CorneilleJean-Marie VillégierChristophe GallandBéatrice MassinAll authors
Publisher: 1994.
Edition/Format:   Video : Videocassette : NTSC color broadcast system : U-matic   Visual material : English
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Reconstruction of a seventeenth-century French opera based on the ancient Greek tragedy of Medea and Jason.
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Genre/Form: Music
Dance
Historical re-creations
Video
Named Person: William Christie; Lorraine Hunt; Mark Padmore; Bernard Deletré; Agnès Mellon; Jean-Marc Salzmann; Noémi Rime; Isabelle Desrochers; François Bazola; Catherine Napoli; Jean-Claude Sarragosse; Sophie Daneman; François Piolino; Katalin Károlyi; In-Joo Chang; Fabrice Domenet; Anne-Marie Gardette; Georges Keraghel; Arnaud Loison; Corinne Lopez; Nick N'Guyen; Paolo Pagni; Caroline Pingault; Natalie Van Parys
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Marc-Antoine Charpentier; Thomas Corneille; Jean-Marie Villégier; Christophe Galland; Béatrice Massin; Françoise Denieau; Carlo Tommasi; Patrice Cauchetier; Bruno Boyer; Mark Robison; Brooklyn Academy of Music.
OCLC Number: 79039747
Language Note: Credits in English ; sung in French. The surtitles used in the performance are not visible in this recording.
Credits: Co-produced by Théâtre de Caen, Opéra du Rhin, and Opéra Comique, assisted by Conseil Supérieur du Mécénat Culturel and the Fondation France Télécom ; choreography, Béatrice Massin, assisted by Françoise Denieau ; scenery, Carlo Tommasi, assisted by Sophie Perez ; costumes, Patrice Cauchetier, assisted by Eric Talmant and Sandra Lévy ; lighting, Bruno Boyer.
Cast: Characters in the prologue: Jean-Claude Sarragosse (leader of the people) ; Sophie Daneman (Victory) ; Valérie Picard (Glory), Katalin Károlyi (Bellone) ; Jean-Yves Ravoux (shepherd) ; Isabelle Desrochers (shepherdess) ; Marie Noëlle de Callataÿ (second shepherdess) ; Jean-Yves Ravoux, Eric Vignau, and Jean-Claude Sarragosse (first male trio) ; Richard Duguay, François Piolino, and Jean-François Gay (second male trio).
Characters in the tragedy: Lorraine Hunt (Medea) ; Mark Padmore (Jason) ; Bernard Deletré (Creon) ; Agnès Mellon (Creuse) ; Jean-Marc Salzmann (Oronte) ; Noémi Rime (Nerine) ; Isabelle Desrochers (Cleone) ; François Bazola (Arcas) ; François Piolino (Corinthian I/Corinthian II/Jealousy) ; Jean-Claude Saragosse (a native of Argos I/Vengeance) ; Catherine Napoli (Love) ; Richard Duguay (a native of Argos II) ; Sophie Daneman (an Italian woman/first phantom) ; Katalin Károlyi (second phantom) ; and others as natives of Argos, captives of love, and Corinthians.
Performer(s): Danced by Compagnie Fêtes Galantes: In-Joo Chang (angel/Chinese woman/phantom) ; Fabrice Domenet (menacing shadow/native of Argos/Italian/sorcerer/guard) ; Anne-Marie Gardette (angel/Corinthian woman/Egyptian woman/sorcerer/phantom) ; Georges Keraghel (menacing shadow/native of Argos/guard) ; Arnaud Loison (native of Argos/Turk/sorcerer/guard) ; Corinne Lopez (menacing shadow/Corinthian woman/sorcerer/phantom) ; Nick N'Guyen (angel/native of Argos/Chinese man/sorcerer/guard) ; Paolo Pagni (menacing shadow/native of Argos/Italian/sorcerer/guard) ; Caroline Pingault (angel/Turk/phantom) ; Natalie Van Parys (menacing shadow/Corinthian woman/Egyptian woman/sorcerer/phantom).
Musicians: Choir and orchestra of Les Arts Florissants.
Event notes: Videotaped in performance at Brooklyn Academy of Music Opera House, New York, on May 21, 1994, by Character Generators/Video, cameraperson, Mark Robison.
Description: 6 videocassettes (218 min.) : sd., col. NTSC ; 3/4 in. (U-matic)
Responsibility: presented by Brooklyn Academy of Music ; music, Marc Antoine Charpentier ; libretto, Thomas Corneille ; conducted by William Christie ; directed by Jean-Marie Villégier, assisted by Christophe Galland and Jonathan Duverger ; director for 1994 revival, Christophe Galland.

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Reconstruction of a seventeenth-century French opera based on the ancient Greek tragedy of Medea and Jason.

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