'Medea in Korinth' -
'... vivid and clear spontaneity ...'
Christa Wolf's novel 'Medea. Stimmen' (Medea -- A Modern Retelling)
is all about society's need for scapegoats -- those who, as in the history of
Christianity, are either put to death, whether legally legitimatized or
not, or made outcasts. From this novel, published in 1995, composer
Georg Katzer has made his 'Oratoric Scenes', a ninety-minute work that could
also be called a dramatic oratorio.
Medea, following her husband Jason
to Corinth, discovers the secret of its king Creon's power over his
people -- the alleged sacrifice of a daughter, Iphinoë. With this
knowledge Medea becomes a liability and is blamed for a growing plague;
the population, eager to find a cause for their misfortunes, exile her
and kill her children. A curious confusion of Greek myths, but yet
a story that serves the purpose.
Copyright © 12 October 2003
Patric Standford, Wakefield, UK