An opera by Alice Shields:

Criseyde is a new opera by Alice Shields, based on a libretto by Nancy Dean, and is a new Middle English resetting of Geoffrey Chaucer’s “Troilus and Criseyde.” Known since Medieval times as a treacherous whore, the tragic beauty Criseyde is used by her family as a sexual trophy for political gain. In this intoxicating world of adulterous courtly love, a man secretly devotes himself to the will of his beloved. In Alice Shields’ new opera, Criseyde now emerges as a romantic heroine, in this dramatic retelling — from a woman’s perspective — of Chaucer’s famous tale.

Here is a discussion from the New York Times.


Author: Derrick Pitard

I teach medieval and early modern literature, the history of the language, introductions to literature, Latin, and writing at Slippery Rock University.

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