Idomeneo

Metropolitan Opera, New York City, USA
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Important Info
Type: Opera
City: New York City, USA
Starts at: 19:00
Cast
Performers
Soprano: Albina Shagimuratova
Soloist: Issachah Savage (High priest)
Mezzo-Soprano: Kate Lindsey (Idamante)
Conductor: Manfred Honeck
Tenor: Michael Spyres
Tenor: Paolo Fanale
Soprano: Ying Fang (Ilia)
Creators
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Librettist: Giambattista Varesco
Lighting Designer: Gil Wechsler
Costume designer: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Overview

The opera that announced the young Mozart’s genius to the world returns to the Met stage, with acclaimed maestro Manfred Honeck making a notable company debut on the podium. A distinguished cast of leading Mozarteans comes together to bring the moving drama and dazzling arias to life, with tenor Michael Spyres in the title role of the ancient Cretan king, alongside mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey as the noble prince Idamante and soprano Ying Fang as his conflicted beloved, Ilia. Soprano Albina Shagimuratova is the jealous Elettra, who loses her senses in a mad scene of virtuosic rage.

History
Premiere of this production: 29 January 1781, Cuvilliés Theatre, Munich

Idomeneo, re di Creta ossia Ilia e Idamante (Idomeneus, King of Crete) is an Italian language opera seria by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The libretto was adapted by Giambattista Varesco from a French text by Antoine Danchet, which had been set to music by André Campra as Idoménée in 1712. Mozart and Varesco were commissioned in 1780 by Karl Theodor, Elector of Bavaria for a court carnival. He probably chose the subject, though it might have been Mozart. The work premiered on 29 January 1781 at the Cuvilliés Theatre in Munich, Germany.

Venue Info

Metropolitan Opera - New York City
Location   30 Lincoln Center

The Metropolitan Opera is an opera company based in New York City, resident at the Metropolitan Opera House at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The Metropolitan Opera is the largest classical music theatre in North America. It presents about 27 different operas each year from late September through May. As of 2018, the company's current music director is Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

The Metropolitan Opera Company was founded in 1883 as an alternative to New York's old established Academy of Music opera house. The subscribers to the Academy's limited number of private boxes represented the highest stratum in New York society. By 1880, these "old money" families were loath to admit New York's newly wealthy industrialists into their long-established social circle. Frustrated with being excluded, the Metropolitan Opera's founding subscribers determined to build a new opera house that would outshine the old Academy in every way. A group of 22 men assembled at Delmonico's restaurant on April 28, 1880. They elected officers and established subscriptions for ownership in the new company. The new theater, built at 39th and Broadway, would include three tiers of private boxes in which the scions of New York's powerful new industrial families could display their wealth and establish their social prominence. The first Met subscribers included members of the Morgan, Roosevelt, and Vanderbilt families, all of whom had been excluded from the Academy. The new Metropolitan Opera House opened on October 22, 1883, and was an immediate success, both socially and artistically. The Academy of Music's opera season folded just three years after the Met opened.

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Important Info
Type: Opera
City: New York City, USA
Starts at: 19:00