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Gian Carlo Menotti

Publisher: G. Schirmer

The Medium (1946)
Text Writer
Libretto by the composer.
Publisher
G Schirmer Inc
Category
Opera and Music Theatre
Sub Category
Grand Opera
Year Composed
1946
Duration
1 Hours 20 Minutes
Language
English, German, Italian, Russian
Soloist
Alto, Soprano, Soprano, Bar, Mezzo soprano, dancer


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Programme Note
Gian Carlo Menotti The Medium (1946)
Cast List:

   MONICA, daughter of Madame Flora: Soprano
   TOBY, a mute
   MADAME FLORA (Baba): Contralto
   MRS. GOBINEAU: Soprano
   MR. GOBINEAU: Baritone
   MRS. NOLAN: Mezzo-Soprano

Synopsis:

Madame Flora, with the help of her daughter Monica and Toby, a mute servant, tries to cheat her clients through faked seances. She is touched herself by a hand during one of them, an occurrence she cannot explain and which drives her to insanity and murder.



  • Ensemble
    Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome
    Conductor
    Thomas Schippers
    VAI:
  • Ensemble
    Stratford Ensemble
    Soloist(s)
    Maureen Forrester (Alto), Gino Quilico (Baritone), Rosemarie Landry (Soprano)
    Conductor
    Raffi Armenian
    Video Arts Int'l (DVD):
  • Ensemble
    Chicago Opera Theater Ensemble
    Soloist(s)
    Patrice Michaels (Soprano), Diane Ragains (Soprano), Joyce Castle (Mezzo Soprano), Barbara Landin (Mezzo Soprano), Joana Lind, Peter Van DeGraaff (Bass Baritone)
    Conductor
    Lawrence Rapchak
    Cedille Records:
  • Ensemble
    Rome Radio Italiana Orchestra
    Soloist(s)
    Marie Powers, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Leo Coleman.
    Conductor
    Thomas Schippers
    Video Arts Int'l (DVD):
  • Peral:
Performances
Date
Title
  • 04 JUL 2014
    Suitcase Handel Opera Company
  • 10 NOV 2011
    New York, NY
    Chelsea Opera, Inc.
    Carmine Aufiero, conductor

    Other Dates:
    12,11 November - New York, NY
  • 28 MAY 2011
    Spoleto Festival USA
    Charleston, SC

    Other Dates:
    10 June - Charleston, SC
  • 17 MAY 2011
    Milan, Italy
    Orchestra Teatro Verdi
    Beltrami, conductor
  • 03 MAY 2011
    Halle, Germany
    Oper Halle

    Other Dates:
    8,13 May - Halle, Germany
  • 15 APR 2011
    Cambridge, MA
    Longy School of Music
    Julian Pellicano, conductor

    Other Dates:
    16 April - Cambridge, MA
  • 25 FEB 2011
    Washington, DC
    Catholic University of America
    Murray Sidlin, conductor

    Other Dates:
    27 February - Washington, DC
  • 07 FEB 2011
    Strule Arts Centre, Omagh
    NI Opera
    Doreen Curran

    Other Dates:
    9 February - Great Hall, Downpatrick
    15 February - Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey
    16 February - Armagh Theatre and Arts Centre, Armagh
  • 18 DEC 2010
    Monterrey, NL, Mexico
    UANL Symphony Orchestra
    Jesus Medina, conductor

    Other Dates:
    19 December - Monterrey, NL, Mexico
  • 11 NOV 2010
    University Park, PA
    Penn State University School of Theatre

    Other Dates:
    12,13 November - University Park, PA
  • 05 NOV 2010
    Petaluma, CA
    Cinnabar Opera Theater
    Nina Shuman, conductor

    Other Dates:
    21 November - Petaluma, CA
  • 09 OCT 2010
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Theatre Sibenik
    Josip Sego, conductor

    Other Dates:
    10 October - Zagreb, Croatia
  • 17 JUL 2010
    Brazil
    Ensemble New Hope Opera
    20th Londrina Festival of Music

    Other Dates:
    22 July - Brazil
  • 28 MAY 2010
    Wien, Austria

    Other Dates:
    31 May; 1 June - Wien, Austria
  • 18 MAY 2010
    Kaiserslautern, Germany
    Deutsche Radio Philharmonie
    Adrian Prabava, conductor
  • 23 APR 2010
    Pensacola, FL
    Pensacola Opera

    Other Dates:
    24 April - Pensacola, FL
  • 23 APR 2010
    Pensacola, FL
    Pensacola Opera

    Other Dates:
    24 April - Pensacola, FL
  • 23 APR 2010
    Memphis, TN
    University of Memphis
    Mark Ensley, conductor

    Other Dates:
    25 April - Memphis, TN
  • 02 APR 2010
    Montevallo, AL
    University of Montevallo
    Charles Wood, conductor

    Other Dates:
    3 April - Montevallo, AL
  • 04 MAR 2010
    New College Ante Chapel
    New Chamber Opera

    Other Dates:
    5,6 March - New College Ante Chapel
  • 30 JAN 2010
    Oberlin, OH
    Oberlin College
    Alan Montgomery, conductor
  • 20 NOV 2009
    Muncie, IN
    Ball State University
  • 13 NOV 2009
    Georgetown, TX
    Southwestern University
  • 05 NOV 2009
    Kennesaw, GA
    Kennesaw State University
    Michael Alexander, conductor

    Other Dates:
    6-8 November - Kennesaw, GA
  • 30 OCT 2009
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Undercroft Opera
    Norman Brown, conductor

    Other Dates:
    31 October; 1 November - Pittsburgh, PA
  • 02 OCT 2009
    Arnold, MD
    Anne Arundel Community College
    Douglas Byerly, conductor

    Other Dates:
    3-8,10-12 October - Arnold, MD
  • 10 JUL 2009
    San Francisco, CA
    San Francisco Opera

    Other Dates:
    12 July - San Francisco, CA
  • 05 JUN 2009
    Needham, MA
    Longwood Opera

    Other Dates:
    6,7 June - Needham, MA
  • 08 MAY 2009
    Jersey City, NJ
    New Jersey City University

    Other Dates:
    10 May - Jersey City, NJ
  • 01 MAY 2009
    The Woodlands, TX
    Lone Star College
    Alex Qian, conductor

    Other Dates:
    2 May - The Woodlands, TX

Reviews
In 1950, Menotti returned to Italy to direct his first and only feature film. He took his Broadway hit, THE MEDIUM, expanded it, and turned it into what remains one of the few completely successful cinematic renderings of an opera. Rarely seen in the US since its original release, the movie now makes a spectacular and most welcome appearance on DVD. With this film, Menotti was able to "open up" his story beyond Madame Flora's dingy flat, taking her into the streets and alleys of a decaying postwar Rome. The gritty neo-Realistic look of the film, so typical of other Italian features of its era, lends a rawness no theatrical [presentation] could ever hope to achieve. Marie Powers [was] Madame Flora when the work was staged on Broadway, in tandem with THE TELEPHONE. This powerful contralto's performance is preserved here in all its terrifying intensity. Thomas Schippers, in what amounted to his recording debut, draws a vivid performance from the Symphony Orchestra of Rome Radio Italiana. It is remarkable that Menotti was able to take opera - one of the least realistic art forms - and charge it full of Rossellinian cinematic realism. The film is done in such a naturalistic fashion that one almost forgets its dialogue is being sung rather than spoken. This remains a remarkable achievement, as chillingly effectively today as it was more than 50 years ago.
Eric Myers, Opera News,1/1/0001
Watch out boys, Baba's back in town. It's astonishing that this is the first time that "The Medium" has been [released] on CD. In Menotti's classic of dramatics, "The Medium" is pretty strong stuff and impossible to dislike. The first act is inhumanly close to musical and dramatic perfection. [And] the recording quality is vivid: Cedille and the Chicago Opera Theater have done an excellent job with this [performance].
Raymond Tuttle , Fanfare,1/1/0001
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