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A masterpiece from the French Baroque is featured on this week’s WCPE Opera House: Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Médée (Medea). Set to a French libretto by Thomas Corneille, it was premiered at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal in Paris on December 4, 1693.

Following a Prologue in celebration of the glory of Louis XIV, Jason (tenor Gilles Ragon) and Medea (soprano Jill Feldman), pursued by the people of Thessaly because of Medea's crimes, have sought refuge in Corinth. Medea is worried that Jason is growing distant from her. Jason claims he needs to win the good graces of the princess Creusa (soprano Agnès Mellon) so her doting father, King Creon (bass Jacques Bona), will protect them. He suggests that Medea should give Creusa a beautiful robe as a present.

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WCPE-FM Education Fund Announces New Grant Application Period for 2017-2018 Season
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WCPE Education Fund


WCPE Education Fund

When your contribution is at least $50.00, you may, in lieu of choosing a gift, designate that 10% of your donation go toward the WCPE Education Fund. Please check the appropriate box in the Secure Pledge Form!



The Metropolitan Opera Announces the 2016-17 Season

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2016-17 Season—Its 50th Anniversary at Lincoln Center — Will Feature 225 Performances of 26 Operas, With Six New Productions, Including a Met Premiere!

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