David Walsh, director
Mark Russell Smith, conductor (Nov 16, 17, 18)
Ho-Yin Kwok, Qinqing Hilkert, Ernesto Estigarribia, conductors (November 19)
Sung in Italian with supertitles.
Thursday, Nov 16 at 7:30 PM
Friday, Nov 17 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, Nov 18 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, Nov 19 at 1:30 PM
Ted Mann Concert Hall
2128 Fourth Street S
Minneapolis, MN 55455
About the Opera:
Just two days after his 25th birthday, Mozart realized one of his long-cherished goals, namely to present what he was to call his “grand opera” (“grosse Oper”), with the premiere of Idomeneo before the new Elector of Bavaria and his court in Munich. He had at his disposal some very fine singers (and also a few of whom he was not so enamored!), as well as the preeminent European orchestra of the time. Using the story of Idomeneo, a Greek hero of the Trojan War, and King of Crete, Mozart and his librettist, the Salzburg chaplain, Varesco, illuminate the struggles of a powerful ruler to balance ethics, political decisions, and personal interests in fulfilling his leadership responsibilities to the people whose fate he commands. The possibilities and limitations on the exercise of political power is the central theme of this opera. It is also a ‘generational’ opera, in which young people have to negotiate the troubled political and personal waters which their elders have charted and find their own way to solutions which lead away from moral compromise. Although the performances of Idomeneo did not achieve everything for which Mozart had hoped, his accomplishments with this opera were truly astounding for its time and the piece, although relatively seldom performed, speaks emphatically to the issues of our current world.
Pre-opera lobby discussions begin 45 minutes before each performance.
Running time: TBA
$20 advance adults; $25 adults week of performance
$5 students & children
$15 for U of M Faculty, alumni, retirees, and staff.