Salzburg Festival 2019: Idomeneo


After their successfull collaboration for La clemenza di Tito the dream team Peter Sellars and Teodor Currentzis again joined forces to transpose Mozart’s extraordinary opera Idomeneo into the present world. Mozart was only 24 years old when he wrote this visionary piece, often regarded as the first of the seven undisputed masterworks in his dramatic oeuvre. Sellars reinterprets the mythical story from ancient Greece about unleashed forces of nature and child sacrifices as a dramatic parable on climate change, “thought-provoking” and “impressively recounted” (BR Klassik). On the podium “Teodor Currentzis unleashes the mania of a new generation, with an obsessive passion for every detail of each phrase that drives the whole thing inexorably“ (Financial Times). The fabulous Freiburger Barockorchester “which surpasses itself in every bar” shines with elegance and precision, and the MusicAeterna Choir from Perm can rightfully be called “the best choir in the world” (Süddeutsche Zeitung). Two years ago as Titus in Salzburg, tenor Russell Thomas can be heard again in the title role, convincingly embodying the inner conflict of his character. The Chinese lyric soprano and rising star Ying Fang gives her highly acclaimed Festival debut in the role of Ilya. One believes her despair and love torment completely. At her side Paula Murrihy in the trouser role as Idamante and the brilliant Nicole Chevalier as a furious Elettra, whose fulminant finale provoked an enthusiastic applause: “three outstanding female voices” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung) that turn the evening into a musical sensation.

Additional Info

  • No: A04050117
  • Composer: W.A. Mozart
  • Conductor: Teodor Currentzis
  • Orchestra: Freiburger Barockorchester, MusicAeterna Choir
  • Artists: Russell Thomas, Ying Fang, Paula Murrihy, Nicole Chevalier
  • Production year: 2019
  • Run time: 03:05:00
  • Director: Stage Director: Peter Sellars
  • Producers: Servus TV, UNITEL in cooperation with Salzburg Festival
  • Format: HDTV 16:9
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