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Dramma per musica in three acts
Libretto by Giambattista Varesco
First performance January 29 1781, Hoftheater, Munich
This production first opened March 17 2013

Sung in Italian with German & English surtitles
Introductory talks, in German, in the Holzfoyer half an hour before performances begin

The father, and King, Idomeneo is supposed to sacrifice the first person he meets on land, his son, in return for Neptune sparing his life, but he can't do it and fate ordains that they become rivals for the throne and same woman, Ilia, the imprisoned daughter of the Trojan king. The characters in Idomeneo are left at the mercy of emotional hot and cold baths, moving in situations that border on the existential. Supernatural powers are at play, forcing the ruler to realise his guilt, publically admit it and abdicate in favour of his son. Mozart's score bubbles over with ideas, revealing new colours, facets and characteristics, bar for bar. The courage and dramatic energy in his music confirm that Idomeneo was the turning point between the works of his youth and mature creative phase. Jan Philipp Gloger's production shows an Idomeneo who must do battle with the darkest depths of his soul more than the god of the seas.


Conductor Rasmus Baumann
Director Jan Philipp Gloger
Revival rehearsed by Caterina Panti Liberovici
Set Designer Franziska Bornkamm
Costume Designer Karin Jud
Lighting Designer Jan Hartmann
Chorus Master Tilman Michael
Dramaturge Zsolt Horpácsy
Idomeneo Attilio Glaser
Idamante Cecelia Hall
Ilia Florina Ilie *
Elektra Ambur Braid
Arbace Michael Porter
Neptune's High Priest Michael McCown
The Voice Anthony Robin Schneider

Opera Frankfurt’s Chorus
Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester

* Member of the Opera Studio

Earlier Event: August 24
Beethoven's 9th Symphony
Later Event: November 3
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk