Idomeneo or The Weight of History -W.A.Mozart


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Opera in three acts by W. A. Mozart / Libretto by Giambattista Varesco . Following their successful presentation of the operetta Mikado at the Alternative Stage of the National Greek Opera, the Rafi Music Theatre Company, one of the most active theatre companies in Greece, collaborates with Amalia Bennett. On commission by the Company, Bennett directs Mozart’s rarely performed masterpiece Idomeneo. Visual artist Petros Touloudis will design the sets and costumes. Written in 1871, Idomeneo is Mozart’s first mature work. Inspired by Metastasio’s poetry and Gluck’s elegant classicism, the opera revolves around the fall of Troy and the travails of the eponymous young king of Crete. Idomeneo tackles the issue of generation gap and how each generation deals with history and the past. Several artists have been inspired by the opera. Richard Strauss musically adapted the opera in 1931. In 2008, the contemporary German poet Roland Schimmelpfennig wrote the performance/poem Idomeneus. Mozart’s Idomeneo has been presented in Greece twice: first, in 1955, in a Greek National Opera production, and also in 2011, in concertate form by Jérémie Rhorer’s music ensemble. With Greek surtitles


  • Date: 20/6/2018 09:00 PM - 25/6/2018 09:00 PM
  • Location: Adrianou 96, Athens, Greece (Map)
  • More Info: Benizelos Mansion

Description

Conduction – Οrchestration: Michalis Papapetrou
Direction: Amalia Bennett
Set and costume design: Petros Touloudis
Vocals: Anastasia Kotsali, Lito Messini, Nikolas Maraziotis, Varvara Biza, Dimitris Nalmpantis, Eleni Stamidou
Musicians: Faidon Miliadis, Angeliki Kasda (violins), Iris Louka (viola), Katerina Giannitsioti (violoncello), Dimitris Tingas (violone), Guido de Flaviis (saxophone)
Co-production: Athens Festival – Municipal and Regional Theatre of Roumeli

Benizelos Mansion, Athens Epidaurus Festival, June 2018

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