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On This Day in 1797 Cherubini’s opera ‘Medée’ Premieres

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On this day in 1797, Cherubini’s opera ‘Medée’ premiered at the Théâtre Feydeau, in Paris. It was met with a lukewarm reception and was not immediately revived.

Perhaps the most famous 20th-century revival of the work was in Florence in 1953, with Maria Callas in the title role, conducted by Vittorio Gui.

FUN FACT: The long-lost final aria, which Cherubini appears to have blanked out in his original manuscript, was discovered by researchers from the University of Manchester and Stanford University by employing x-ray techniques to uncover the blackened out areas of Cherubini’s manuscript.

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