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Scientists have helped to restore Luigi Cherubini’s opera “Médée” to its original glory.

A lost aria, or solo song, from the piece, which Cherubini apparently smudged out in spite more than 200 years ago, has been revealed by x-ray scans.

Cherubini was an Italian composer who worked mostly in France and counted Ludwig van Beethoven among his contemporaries and admirers. When Cherubini’s French-language opera “Médée” premiered in 1797, critics whined that the opera was too long, and as legend has it, the composer cut the piece by about 500 bars.

A shortened Italian translation of the opera became the dominant form of that opera into the 20th century. But today, many opera-goers and critics long to see “Médée” — which tells the wrenching Greek myth of Medea — as Cherubini first wrote it. Read more.

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