Public Research Seminar: Cherubini's Médée - A Sublime Enchantress
Public Research Seminar Series
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The idea of being ‘overwhelmed’ is a recurrent theme in the critical reception of Cherubini’s operas in the 1790s. But by 1797, the sublime – or the equivalence of art with the power and grandeur of nature – had come to be understood as residing not in the music or the visual effects, but in the performance of the singer, who appropriated the authority of the spectacle, incarnating its splendour.
Dr Sarah Hibberd, from the University of Nottingham, examines the final scene of Médée and its critical reception, situating it in the political context of the Directoire, in order to reveal a historically specific understanding of the sublime in France.
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