Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Medea
Followed by a panel discussion with Toni Marie Palmertree, Ara H. Merjian, and Nicholas Gage, moderated by Met Opera Dramaturg/Director of Opera Commissioning Program Paul Cremo
Starring the legendary Maria Callas, Pier Paolo Pasolini’s interpretation of Euripides’s play shifts the tragedy away from Medea’s betrayal by Jason and her bloody revenge to the loss of her mystical homeland of Colchis. Through poetic, desirous explorations of landscape and ritual, traditional North African music, and sparse dialogue, Pasolini shapes a biting Marxist allegory for Western nations’ menacing influence on the Third World. Glorious to witness for Callas’s performance and the superb costuming, Medea deserves repeated viewings on the big screen. Restored 35mm print from Cinecittà. Restoration by S.N.C. Presentation of the film in its original 35mm format made possible by Gucci.
Nicholas Gage, author and investigative journalist for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal whose books include GREEK FIRE, chronicling the life of Maria Callas and Aristotle Onassis, , and the best-selling memoirs ELENI and A PLACE FOR US.
Ara H. Merjian, Professor of Italian Studies and an Affiliate of the Institute of Fine Arts and Department of Art History at New York University and a noted authority on Pasolini and post-war Italian aesthetics and politics
Toni Marie Palmertree, American soprano who has sung leading roles in MADAMA BUTTERFLLY, TOSCA, and LUISA MILLER and will be covering the role of Medea in the Met’s season opening production
Presented in partnership with Metropolitan Opera, in celebration of the September 27 premiere of Luigi Cherubini’s rarely performed masterpiece Medea. Get tickets to see it live at the Metropolitan Opera here or see it during The Met: Live in HD 2022 through 2023 here.