Pseud Psychic: Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Medium at Grimeborn

OperaView have created a small and intense production in which Menotti’s music comes across clearly: a ravishing piano accompaniment, played by Maite Aguirre, veers from schmaltzy sweetness, reminiscent of a silent film score, to bursts of plunging malevolence. Menotti’s strongest melody of all, the dark lullaby “The Black Swan”, sung first by Monica and later, tragically, by Madame Flora, is hypnotically beautiful.

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