Mozart's 'Idomeneo' from La Fenice

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

La Fenice Theater in Venice, Italy La Fenice Theater in Venice, Italy (Richard Mortel/flickr/CC BY-SA 3.0)

Lisa Simeone hosts this performance of Mozart's Idomeneo from La Fenice in Venice. The opera, based on a Homeric myth, follows the return of Idomeneo, the King of Crete, to his Greek Island after the Trojan War. Along with him is his captive Ilia, a Trojan Princess, who is conflicted because she has fallen in love with her captor's son and enemy, Idamante.

Meanwhile, in order to save himself from an imminent ship wreck and watery grave, Idomeneo makes a pact with Neptune, the god of the seas, to sacrifice the first person he meets on shore. The sacrifice turns out to be his son, Idamante.

Unlike traditional opera seria, Mozart provides us with a happy ending: Neptune agrees to spare Idamante's life if Idomeneo abdicates his thrown to his son and his future wife, Ilia. Only Elettra, whose love for Idamante is unrequited, is left unfulfilled.


Idomeneo: Brenden Gunnell (tenor)
Ilia: Ekaterina Sadnovnikova (soprano)
Idamante: Monica Bacelli (mezzo-soprano)
Elettra: Michaela Kaune (soprano)
Arabace: Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani (tenor)
High Priest: Krystian Adam (tenor )
Oracle of Neptune: Michail Leibundgut (bass)

La Fenice Orchestra and Chorus
Jeffery Tate, conductor

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