The Medium

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The Medium is a short two-act dramatic opera with words and music by Gian Carlo Menotti.

The original text

Commissioned by the Alice M. Ditson Fund at Columbia University, its first performance was there on 8 May 1946.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1952: Presented on tour by the University of Cape Town Opera Company across the Western and Eastern Cape.

1966: Presented by NAPAC Opera.

2015: Presented at the Suidoosterfees (29 April – 2 May)


Wayne Muller. 2018. A reception history of opera in Cape Town: Tracing the development of a distinctly South African operatic aesthetic (1985–2015). Unpublished PhD thesis.

Alexandra Xenia Sabina Mossolow. 2003. The career of South African soprano Nellie du Toit, born 1929. Unpublished Masters thesis. University of Stellenbosch.

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