Margherita delivers the goods, but Medea loses the way

The decision to launch this year’s 66th Wexford Festival with Luigi Cherubini’s 1909 opera has generated great expectation.

29th October, 2017
Giuliana Gianfaldoni and chorus in Foroni’s Margherita Pic: Clive Barda

The prickly novelist John McGahern once described his reunion with a long-lost friend as “more pleasing in the expectation than in the reality”. Medea is by no means a long-lost jewel in the Wexford Festival Opera sense, nor is it in popular repertoire. It is somewhere in between, so the decision to launch this year’s 66th festival with Luigi Cherubini’s 1909 opera has generated great expectation.

Medea’s enduring lure is...

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