Giovanni Simone Mayr’s most successful opera, Medea
in Corinto, is now available for the first time on
recording, performed from the new critical edition
recently published by Ricordi. For the most part,
the new edition is based on an 1821 manuscript that
contains essential changes over all previously published
editions. It excludes, for example, a cavatina
for Medea, which the composer eliminated for this
edition and then later published in a single edition
for voice and piano.
The production heard here is a live recording from
the Theater St. Gallen. The performance received
great international acclaim and was considered to be
a breakthrough for the long forgotten work by Mayr.
A new production of Medea in Corinto will be performed
at the 2010 Opera Festival in Munich.