Giovanni Simone Mayr‘s „Medea in Corinto“ is „the most absolutely amazing opera discovery in decades“ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). A triumph for the Bavarian State Opera, the work was staged with a roster of top vocalists headed by Nadja Michael and Ramon Vargas in a production crafted by one of the leading directors of our time, Hans Neuenfels, and with a musical director in demand all over the world, Ivor Bolton. Born near Ingolstadt, Germany, in 1763, Mayr moved to Italy around 1787 and became one of the most important composers of Italian opera between Mozart and Rossini. He also taught many reputable composers, such as Donizetti. Written at the dawn of romanticism and the bel canto era, his main works unite stylistic characteristics of Viennese classicism with Italian melodic exuberance. „Medea in Corinto“ was premiered in Naples in 1813. Although his works are largely forgotten today, they were played by all major theaters in Europe during his lifetime. Based on the ancient tragedy of Medea, who kills her children in a mad act of blind revenge against her faithless husband, the work deals with timeless subjects. Medea, a powerful woman whose fierce independence and passion strike fear in the hearts of men, is an outsider who is rejected by society. Director Hans Neuenfels stages this tragedy of betrayed love, lust for power and murderous hatred as a fascinating socio-political thriller - the ever controversial director interweaves scenes of gripping brutality into the action.As Medea, soprano Nadja Michael – „one of the most celebrated German sopranos of our day“ (Die Welt) – breathes fire into her role and dominates the stage with her coloraturas. On a par with Michael is Mexican tenor Ramón Vargas as Giasone, Medea‘s ex-husband. The vigorous early-music specialist Ivor Bolton – who conducted epoch-making Handel performances in Munich – plumbs the depths of Mayr‘s rich score. Is „Medea in Corinto“ one of the first chapters in a Mayr renaissance?
Munich is the capital city of Bavaria, Germany. It is located on the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. Munich is the third largest city in Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg. There are approximately 1.35 million people living within city limits, while the Munich Metropolitan Area (including the urban areas of Augsburg, Ingolstadt, Rosenheim and Landshut) is home to over 5 million people. The city's motto is "München mag Dich" ("Munich Loves You" in the English version). Before 2006, it was "Weltstadt mit Herz" (cosmopolitan city with a heart). Its native name, München, is derived from the Old German word for Mönche, which means "Monks" in English. The reason for naming the city in such a manner is to honour the fact that monks of the Benedictine order founded the city. This is also the reason for the monk depicted on the city's coat of arms. Black and gold the colours of the Holy Roman Empire have been the city's official colours since the time of Ludwig the Bavarian.
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