The one hundred and sixty-second classical recording: #175 Luigi Cherubini - Medee

As always, it's difficult to get the full breadth of an opera when you're listening without a translation of the lyrics. I know the rough story, but the opera's music doesn't give me enough to hold on to to really follow it. What really stands out though is Medea's role, which feels like a real tour de force for the performer and, in this version, is Maria Callas' role for a reason. Her voice is strong, emotional and keeps its depth. It's an amazing story to listen to, even without as much of the context.