Marc-Antoine Charpentier: MédéeParis National Opera

188 min

Available until 30/05/2025

Lea Desandre, William Christie and Les Arts Florissants introduce Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Médée to the repertoire of the Opéra national de Paris, directed by David McVicar.
To escape the vengeance of Acastus, King of Thessaly, Jason and Médée have taken refuge in the Corinth of King Creon. Médée suspects Jason may be unfaithful and soon realises there can be no doubt: Jason is in love with Creon’s daughter, Créuse, and wants to marry her. Médée abandons herself to a jealous fury, invoking the help of the Underworld, and then sets out to take her revenge in the most terrible way possible...

Three centuries after its premiere at the Académie royale de Musique, the forerunner of the Opéra national de Paris, mythology’s most unfathomable female character makes her grand return to the Opéra Garnier. Under William Christie’s superb musical direction and boasting mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre in the title role, this sparkling baroque score is transposed to the Second World War by director David McVicar.

A modern take
This is quite the event: Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s only opera enters the repertoire under the baton of William Christie, conductor and founder of Les Arts Florissants. Supported by a magnificent cast that reflects Christie’s taste for bold, challenging productions, it brings together the crème de la crème of the Baroque stage, including Lea Desandre. This production offers audiences a chance to revisit one of the most powerful masterpieces of the French repertoire, in a modern take on the operatic genre. Director David McVicar’s bold yet faithful Second World War setting underlines the timeless power of Charpentier’s work.

Filmed on 3 and 7 May 2024 at the Opéra national de Paris – Palais Garnier


  • Reinoud Van Mechelen

  • Lea Desandre

  • Laurent Naouri

  • Ana Vieira Leite

  • Gordon Bintner

  • Emmanuelle de Negri

  • Élodie Fonnard

  • Lisandro Abadie

  • Julie Roset

  • Mariasole Mainini

  • Maud Gnidzag, Alice Gregorio, Bastien Rimondi

  • Juliette Perret, Julia Wischniewski

  • Virginie Thomas

  • Clément Debieuvre

  • Bastien Rimondi

  • Matthieu Walendzik


Marc-Antoine Charpentier


David McVicar

Music director

William Christie


Les Arts Florissants


Les Arts Florissants







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