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Monday 14 January 2008 0:00-1:00 (Radio 3)
Lucie Skeaping presents a programme devoted to Euripides's great tragedy of Medea, and the setting by the French composer Charpentier. Charpentier was over-shadowed to a certain extent by his contemporary Lully, and it is really only in the last few decades that this opera has been rediscovered. The music is considered some of Charpentier's finest, and one can only imagine the spectacle the drama created through its use of stage machinery and fireworks in the 17th century!