In 1965, Malcolm Muggeridge interviewed the poet Robert Graves for the BBC. He began their conversation by asking Graves how his mixed ancestry had affected his outlook. Graves responded, “….everybodys’ ancestry is mixed. In fact, I can trace my descent, as the Queen does, to the Prophet Mohammed.” Muggeridge’s brief and nervous reaction to this exciting declaration is comparable to the polite recoiling of a person who has been told a disconcerting conspiracy theory by someone they admire rather than respect.
David McVicar’s production of Medea is a totally absorbing take on Cherubini’s masterpiece.