reviewed by ROBERT HUGILL
Cherubini wrote his opera Medée in 1797 in a France transformed by revolution. He had arrived in 1786 having failed to make an impression in his native Italy. Revolution seems to have done something to inspire Cherubini and he produced a trio of significant heroic and revolutionary operas, the final of which was Medée. He went on to have a long career as the director of the Paris Conservatoire but his later operatic work failed to reach the same inspiration as Medée.
That said, Medée is an opera which tends to be more admired than performed...
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