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Pinchgut Opera presents Médée by Charpentier


Thursday 1 December from 7pm to 10pm Saturday 3 December from 2pm to 5pm Sunday 4 December from 5pm to 8pm Tuesday 6 December from 7pm to 10pm Wednesday 7 December from 7pm to 10pm


Starting from: $59Under 30s: $55

Originally scheduled in Pinchgut Opera’s 2020 season, the greatest opera of the French Baroque era finally takes the stage in 2022. 

Médée is high drama and emotion: French tragédie lyrique in its most classic form. The sorceress Médée is driven by desperation and the abandonment of her lover Jason to do the unthinkable, and ultimately murder her own children.

Charpentier’s sensual lyricism and dramatic insight take us deep inside the mind and heart of this powerful and damaged woman who refuses to be a victim – even at the cost of her own flesh and blood.

Returning to Pinchgut after her star turn in The Return of Ulysses, mezzo-soprano Catherine Carby takes on the role of the tortured Médée, with the brilliant Michael Petruccelli, who was thrilling in 2019’s Farnace, as her lover Jason. Cathy-Di Zhang, Andrew Finden and Adrian Tamburini are joined by Cantillation and the inimitable Orchestra of the Antipodes to tell this passionate and unforgettable story.

In the brilliant hands of Artistic Director Erin Helyard, Médée’s legendary story will finally be brought to the stage for the first time in Australia, with all the sophistication, eloquence and power of the French Baroque era.

Covid-safe information

Venue conditions may change prior to your attendance. Please be aware that when you come to the show, requirements will be in accordance with the Public Health Order prevailing at the date of the performance, not at the time of buying your ticket.

All requirements are in accordance with the current Public Health Orders and NSW and Victorian Health department guidelines where relevant and will be updated.

Please refer to the relevant health and safety information at our two performance venues which stipulate what to expect in terms of:

  • Permitted capacity of audiences in the venues

  • Vaccination requirements

  • Mask-wearing requirements

  • Check-in requirements

  • Venue ventilation information

  • Other key information

Visitors who do not comply with the venue conditions will not be admitted or will be asked to leave the venue to ensure the safety of all visitors and staff.

We look forward to welcoming you and appreciate your support and cooperation.

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