Today, the Swedish Royal Opera presents the world première performance of Medea, an opera composed by Daniel Börtz, with a libretto adapted from Euripides by Agneta Pleijel and Jan Stolpe. Since Backanterna (Marie Antoinette, 1997), Börtz has composed several operas, including The Bacchae (already after Euripides, in 1999), Svall (2003), Magnus Gabriel (2006) and Goya (2009).
Since Marc-Antoine Charpentier in 1693, the story of Medea has inspired numerous composers : Georg Benda, Giovanni Simone Mayr, Saverio Mercadante, Luigi Cherubini and more recently Rolf Liebermann, Pascal Dusapin, Michèle Reverdy, Aribert Reimann.
Medea, a mother who kills her own children, has abandoned her own family, sacrificed everything for her husband Jason and arrived as a refugee in a new country. (reproduced from the Swedish Royal opera website).The cast includes soprano Emma Vetter (Medea), baritone Karl-Magnus Fredriksson (Jason), mezzo Marianne Eklöf (Amman), bass-baritone John Erik Eleby (Kreon) and tenor Niklas Björling Rygert (Aigeus). Patrik Ringborg conducts the Chorus and Orchestra of the Swedish Royal Opera. Stefan Larsson directs. The performance should last about 2 hours and 20 minutes, including a 25 minute interval.
The opera will be recorded by Swedish Radio and broadcast on February 20th.