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At The Opera, Mozart: Idomeneo, December 7, 2013


Idomeneo is an Italian language opera seria by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The libretto was adapted by Giambattista Varesco. Mozart and Varesco were commissioned in 1780 by Karl Theodor, Elector of Bavaria for a court carnival. It was first performed at the Cuvilliés Theatre of the Munich Residenz on January 29, 1781, under the baton of its 25-year-old composer. Idomeneo was Mozart's first mature opera with it he demonstrated a mastery of orchestral color, accompanied recitatives, and melodic line. Dramatically, it adheres to the traditions of opera seria, making formal use of choruses and unfolding more as a sequence of sets than as a well-developed plot. This 1991 recording stars Francisco Araiza, Susanne Mentzer and Barbara Hendricks. Sir Colin Davis conducts the Bayerischen Rundfunks Symphony Orchestra.


Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Idomeneo BUY Bayerischen Rundfunks; Sir Colin Davis, conductor Francisco Araiza
Donizetti: L'Elisir D'Amore: Una Furtiva Lagrima BUY ; Francesco Molinari-Pradelli, conductor Nicolai Gedda
Giuseppe Verdi: Nabucco: Va Pensiero From Nabucco BUY La Scala; Riccardo Muti, conductor
Puccini: Gianni Schicchi: O Mio Babbino Caro BUY n/a; Leone Magiera, conductor Mirella Freni
Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto: La Donna E Mobile BUY ; Julius Rudel, conductor Alfredo Krauss
Gioachino Rossini: Il Barbiere Di Siviglia: Largo Al Factotum BUY ; Aleceo Galliera, conductor Tito Gobbi
Gustav Charpentier: Louise: Depuis Le Jour BUY ; Franco Ferraris, conductor Mirella Freni
Puccini: Turandot: Nessun Dorma BUY Roame; Francesco Molinari-Pradelli, conductor Franco Corelli
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
Mascagni: Guglielmo Ratcliff, opera (tragedia) in 4 acts: Ratcliff's Dream BUY from Opera Intermezzi and Preludes; composed by Mascagni
Naxos 8550240

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