Mozart's 'Idomeneo' at Garsington Opera
impresses RODERIC DUNNETT
Mozart's opera Idomeneo has one notable similarity to one of its predecessors. Like Gluck's Iphigeneia in Aulis it focuses on the tragic story of a Greek prince — or king — who is fated to sacrifice his own offspring to a (seemingly) unrelenting deity. In Gluck's case, Agamemnon must pay tribute to Diana, or Artemis, in order to achieve prevailing winds to carry his vast fleet to Troy. Idomeneo, King of the Cretans, in order to be saved from a storm in the Aegean, is forced to undertake to sacrifice to Neptune the first being he encounters upon a safe landing...
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