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    Mitridate, re di Ponte

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 

    The youthful work Mithridate already contains glimpses of the musician’s mature writing, both musically and dramatically.

    Photo de Christophe Rousset © Eric Larrayadieu
    Christophe Rousset © Eric Larrayadieu

    Sergey Romanovsky | Mitridate
    Jessica Pratt | Aspasia
    Olga Bezsmertna | Sifare
    Rose Naggar-Tremblay | Farnace
    Maria Kokareva | Ismene
    Alasdair Kent | Marzio
    Nina van Essen | Arbate

    Christophe Rousset | direction
    Les Talens Lyriques 

    Mozart’s precocious genius has been an enduring source of admiration. While most teenagers were naturally cherishing dreams and thinking about matters appropriate for their age, he was composing Mithridate, his first opera seria with a libretto adapted from the eponymous tragedy by Racine. The work was immediately hailed as a masterstroke and its popularity boosted his budding career as a composer. It depicts the peculiar relationship between King Mithridate and his two sons, all three of whom are coveting the same woman. Young Aspasia is in fact promised to Mithridate, but her heart is with Xiphares. Against a backdrop of a war of succession to the throne and inevitable betrayals, Mozart has written a score full of energy and emotion. In keeping with the conventions of the opera seria form, the work is bursting with virtuoso arias for each performer. They are only reunited for the brief final quintet.

    Production Théâtre des Champs-Elysées