A tale of passion and revenge
This operatic retelling of the ancient and elemental tale of passion and revenge draws upon Seneca’s visceral Roman rendition. Medea is a victim of xenophobia and personal betrayal, despised as a foreigner and betrayed by her lover Jason.
Gordon Kerry’s score, for flute, cello, percussion and keyboards, is a triumph of power and economy. In the world premiere performance Merlyn Quaife’s Medea held audiences enthralled for a virtuosic 70 minutes, as the work moved inexorably towards its devastating conclusion.
Instrumentation sop., mez., ten., bar., vlc., fl; perc., pf/synth.
“Compelling, fascinating, and above all, entertaining…”
1993: Sydney season, The Wharf Studio (17 – 17 November)
1993: World Premiere Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne (29 April – 15 May).
Score byGordon Kerry
Libretto byJustin Macdonnell (after Seneca)
Directed byDouglas Horton
Musical DirectionMark Summerbell
Design byTrina Parker
Costumes byJacqueline Everitt