Mozart composed Idomeneo, re di Creta haunted by the lyrical tragedy created by André Campra in Paris some seventy years earlier. The legend of Idomeneo is set in the ruins of the Trojan War: the King of Crete is on the winning side but is pursued by the wrath of Neptune. To save his fleet, he makes a pact with the sea god: he will sacrifice to him the first soul he meets after setting foot on land. Unfortunately, it is his son Idamante who comes to meet him: Idomeneo will have to make a choice between his son and his kingdom.
I will see the grieving ghostIdomeneo
wandering around me,
Proclaiming night and day:
I am innocent!
In contrast to his illustrious French model, in which Idomeneo was driven mad and ended up murdering his son, Mozart offered the Munich audience a happy ending in 1781: by a strange deus ex machina, Idomeneo abdicates, leaving the throne to his son and thus appeasing the divine anger. Mozart brilliantly allows the future to thwart fate and break the cycle of past violence! But not everything is black and white: the infuriated Electra - a spurned lover - takes her vengeance to the grave and, in arias of extraordinary virtuosity, transforms evil into an obscure object of desire.
Carried away by the passion of his twenty-five years of age, Mozart put a great deal into this Idomeneo: he gave it some of his most beautiful arias, accompanied recitatives and danced divertissements that coalesce into a continuous and organic form. He provided a wealth of material that could sustain several operas. The work impresses even the most seasoned conductors and directors. We are presenting the work in a semi-staged version by Lorenzo Ponte, winner of the 2021 European Opera Director's Award. Under the baton of Jakob Lehmann, he will be able to count on the energy and youthfulness of a cast featuring Toby Spence, Héloïse Mas, Siobhan Stagg and Amanda Woodbury.
2 h 45 with interval
5 — 43 €
Opera in semi-scenic concert version,
in Italian, surtitles
All audiences from 11 years
Introduction to the performance
45 minutes before the start of the performance (free of charge, upon presentation of ticket).
Idomeneo, re di Creta, opera seria in three acts
First performed at Cuvilliés Theatre in Munich, 29 January 1781
Father Giambattista Varesco after the play by Danchet
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Opéra national de Lorraine
William Le Sage
Inna Jeskova and Séverine Maquaire
Yongwoo Jung and Jinhyuck Kim
Yongwoo Jung, Ill Ju Lee, Jinhyuck Kim and Christophe Sagnier
*Opera Chorus soloists