Dramma per musica in three acts - 1781

Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart · Libretto by Giambattista Varesco
In Italian with German and English surtitles | New Production

Munich Opera Festival
Monday, 19. July 2021
06:00 pm – 09:35 pm

Duration est. 3 hours 35 minutes · 1. + 2. Akt (est. 06:00 pm - 07:45 pm ) · Interval (est. 07:45 pm - 08:15 pm ) · 3. Akt (est. 08:15 pm - 09:40 pm )

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Premiere at 19. July 2021


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Constantinos Carydis
Antú Romero Nunes
Dustin Klein
Set Design
Phyllida Barlow
Costume Design
Victoria Behr
Michael Bauer
Set Design Assistant
Anna Schöttl
Rainer Karlitschek
Stellario Fagone

Matthew Polenzani
Emily D'Angelo
Olga Kulchynska
Hanna-Elisabeth Müller
Martin Mitterrutzner
Oberpriester Poseidons
Caspar Singh
Die Stimme (Orakel)
Callum Thorpe
Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper
Extrachor der Bayerischen Staatsoper
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A very risky deal with the Gods! To journey home to Crete after the Trojan War, King Idomeneo vows to Poseidon, God of the Sea, that he will sacrifice the first living being he meets when he lands. Fate deals him a bitter blow – the first to meet Idomeneo is his son Idamantes! What should he do? Sacrifice his own flesh and blood? Or can perhaps a son’s duty be brought into play? In typical ancient tradition, the conflict constantly turns to catastrophe. His son is sacrificed, but Idomeneo must leave the island, as the Cretans no longer accept him as their sovereign. Not so the case with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The characters’ pain inflicted by this fate turns myth into humanity. Idomeneo relinquishes power, the son survives and is crowned king. A new generation inherits the discord with the Gods. Peace, love and humanity flourish with enlightenment. The Munich world premiere in 1781 was an artistic liberation for Mozart. Theatre-goers found their own access to the opera genre in the interaction with the tradition of orchestra and scenery in the Cuvilliés Theatre. A visionary work – to this very day.


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Constantinos Carydis wurde in Athen geboren und studierte an der Hochschule für Musik und Theater München. Nach einer Neuproduktion von Carmen an der Oper Frankfurt 2016 dirigierte er im selben Jahr erstmals bei den Salzburger Festspielen. Er arbeitet mit Orchestern wie den Wiener Philharmonikern, den Berliner Philharmonikern, dem Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, dem NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, dem WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, dem Mahler Chamber Orchestra und dem Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. Außerdem dirigiert er an Häusern wie dem Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, der Komischen Oper und der Staatsoper Berlin, der Wiener Staatsoper, der Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam, der Staatsoper Athen, der Oper Frankfurt und der Opéra National de Lyon sowie bei den Festivals in Edinburgh und Athen. Im Jahr 2011 wurde ihm der Carlos Kleiber-Preis der Bayerischen Staatsoper verliehen. (Stand: 2020)

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