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Unexpectedly Long

Mozart's 'Idomeneo' in HD from
New York Metropolitan Opera,
enjoyed by MARIA NOCKIN

 

It doesn't seem possible that the Metropolitan Opera presented it's first performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Idomeneo in 1982, but that is the case. The original premiere of the opera took place at the Cuvilliés Theatre in Munich on 29 January 1781, two days after Mozart's twenty-fifth birthday. The reason the opera is not as well known as Don Giovanni or The Marriage of Figaro is that it is an opera seria, written in a style that was fading from view in the composer's era. All the characters are associated with Agamemnon in some way, and the libretto contains many allusions to the Trojan War...

Copyright © 5 April 2017 Maria Nockin,
Arizona USA

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WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

IDOMENEO

METROPOLITAN OPERA

MATTHEW POLENZANI

ALAN OPIE

ERIC OWENS

JAMES LEVINE

PHOENIX

ARIZONA

NEW YORK

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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