Mitridate, Re di Ponto
Wed, 07. Dec 2022, 19:00
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was only 14 years old when he was commissioned to compose a large, full-length opera seria, »Mitridate, Re di Ponto«, for the Teatro Regio Ducale in Milan. Many significant composers had previously created works for this opera house, which enjoyed a high reputation throughout Europe. Mozart joined their ranks with a remarkable opera based on a play by Jean Racine, the French dramatist of tragedies.
The story of a declining king and warlord, whose two very different sons are in love with the same woman – who also happens to be the father’s bride – inspired Mozart to create a music of great pathos, strong passions and profound emotions. While he drew on tradition, the score already showed a musical calibre that more than hinted at what was to come. The world premiere in late 1770 was a triumph for the young composer. A Japanese production team led by director Satoshi Miyagi suffuses Mozart’s »Mitridate« with a magical ambience and brings different worlds together.