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Idomeneo

Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia
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Type: Opera
City: Sydney, Australia
Starts at: 19:00
Overview

Mozart’s epic opera of gods and monsters, human frailty and the power of love.

The genius of Mozart. Opera at its boldest.

Drowning at sea in a vicious storm, the King of Crete makes a terrible vow to Neptune. To save his ship and his men, he will sacrifice the first human life he encounters on land. Saved from the waves, Idomeneo comes ashore into a nightmare – kill his own son or set the vengeance of the Gods upon his people.

Rooted in ancient legend, this powerful opera explores utterly human themes: sacrifice, love and human frailty. The music is a vivid showpiece of the composer’s power, subtlety and scope.

Lindy Hume’s new production highlights the natural forces at play in the story. The immersive set evokes Australia’s epic seas, skies and rugged coastlines.

Opera Australia and Victorian Opera present Idomeneo

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

Sydney Opera House - Sydney
Location   Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000

The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre at Sydney Harbour in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It is one of the 20th century's most famous and distinctive buildings. Sydney Opera House is the largest and most famous opera house in Australia with an extensive repertoire.

Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, the building was formally opened on 20 October 1973 after a gestation beginning with Utzon's 1957 selection as winner of an international design competition. The Government of New South Wales, led by the premier, Joseph Cahill, authorised work to begin in 1958 with Utzon directing construction. The government's decision to build Utzon's design is often overshadowed by circumstances that followed, including cost and scheduling overruns as well as the architect's ultimate resignation.

The building and its surrounds occupy the whole of Bennelong Point on Sydney Harbour, between Sydney Cove and Farm Cove, adjacent to the Sydney central business district and the Royal Botanic Gardens, and close by the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Though its name suggests a single venue, the building comprises multiple performance venues which together host well over 1,500 performances annually, attended by more than 1.2 million people. Performances are presented by numerous performing artists, including three resident companies: Opera Australia, the Sydney Theatre Company and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. As one of the most popular visitor attractions in Australia, more than eight million people visit the site annually, and approximately 350,000 visitors take a guided tour of the building each year. The building is managed by the Sydney Opera House Trust, an agency of the New South Wales State Government.

On 28 June 2007, the Sydney Opera House became a UNESCO World Heritage Site, having been listed on the (now defunct) Register of the National Estate since 1980, the National Trust of Australia register since 1983, the City of Sydney Heritage Inventory since 2000, the New South Wales State Heritage Register since 2003, and the Australian National Heritage List since 2005.

Important Info
Type: Opera
City: Sydney, Australia
Starts at: 19:00
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