Libretto by Marjorie Chan | Music by John Harris
Co-commissioned by Tapestry Opera and Scottish Opera
May 26-29, 2015
550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto
WINNER of the DORA MAVOR MOORE AWARD – Outstanding New Opera 2016
WINNER of the ENTERTAINMENT WORLD – Best New Work (Large) 2015
Dora Award-winning writer Marjorie Chan’s gripping recreation of the classic is brought to life by the lush orchestral and electronic soundscape of Scottish composer John Harris. Experience the unravelling of mythology’s most controversial heroine in a modern political context, set against the stunning industrial backdrop of Toronto’s reclaimed brick factory.
Jason, an army captain and now war-hero, is returning home after years of war and an uncertain future. His interpreter and lover, M’dea, and their son Chase accompany him to a new life in the West. Jason begins a political career, working alongside the President and Dahlia, the President’s beautiful young daughter. Having betrayed her village to help him, M’dea rages as Jason distances his family from his new political life, taking Dahlia as his wife. When Dahlia is murdered in cold blood on the precipice of victory, M’dea’s struggle for survival and revenge begins a rapid spiral towards the opera’s searing, tragic finale. M’dea Undone is a passionate and daring interrogation of power, influence, and identity in the twenty-first century.
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(photos of Lauren Segal as M’dea /Tapestry Opera & Dahlia Katz Photography)