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Medea

Scott L. Balthazar

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print December 1992 |
Published online January 2002 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.O903211

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Melodramma tragico in three acts by Giovanni Pacini to a libretto by Benedetto Castiglia; Palermo, Real Teatro Carolino, 28 November 1843; revised, Vicenza, Teatro Eretenio, 1845.

In Castiglia’s version of the myth, Medea (soprano) exiled for betraying her father and killing her brother, has disguised herself as Creusa to everyone but her husband Giasone [Jason] (tenor). When she discovers that Jason will soon marry Glauce (soprano), daughter of King Creon (bass), she demands without success that Creon prevent Jason’s remarriage for the sake of his children, whom she is now raising under her new identity. Calcante [Calchas] (bass) and the other priests plan to annul Jason’s marriage to Medea, but she interrupts their ceremony, forcing Jason to reveal her true identity and causing her children to be taken from her. Later, by agreeing to immediate exile, she tricks Creon and Jason into returning them. Amid preparations for Jason’s wedding to Glauce, she avenges herself by killing the children, his bride-to-be and herself....

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