An outstanding cast with Marc Minkowski on the podium to do credit to this youthful opera by Mozart
Mitridate's kingdom is at war with Rome and its tyrannical ruler becomes wild with jealousy on discovering that his sons Farnace and Sifare are both in love with his fiancée Aspasia. As the threat from Rome increases, the family is torn apart by fear, jealousy and passion. This was Mozart's third opera, written when he was only 14.
The harsh portrayal of the king's inner combat subtly lays bare his fixations, weaknesses and insecurity, shedding light on the inevitably precarious transmission of power, and on father-son relationships and rivalry between brothers. The notion of pardon also comes in for attention: is it possible to forgive a lover who has forsaken you, or a father who was about to murder you? All these topics receive masterly treatment from the adolescent genius, who leaves posterity a valuable moral legacy in the final quintet calling implacable resistance to the enemies of freedom. It is a finale in which Mozart's own ideals provide the benchmark for measuring the reality of human life.
OPERA SERIA IN THREE ACTS
Libretto by Vittorio Amadeo Cigna-Santi, after Racine's Mithridate, translated into Italian by Giuseppe Parini.
World premiere: 26/12/1770 at the Teatro Regio Ducal in Milan.
First Barcelona performance: 11/03/1996 at the Palau de la Música Catalana (as part of the Liceu season).
Last Liceu performance: 14/03/1996.
Total number of Liceu performances: 2.
- Approximte running time 1h 30m
- Mark Minkowski
- Les Musiciens du Louvre
Les Musiciens du Louvre receive financial support from the Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and the French Ministry of Culture (DRAC Auvergne Rhône-Alpes).
- Tenor Michael Spyres sings the part of Mitridate replacing Pene Pati, who has not been able to travel to Europe due to the COVID-19 protocols.
- Countertenor Paul-Antoine Benos-Dijan sings the part of Farnace replacing Jakub Józef Orlinski, due to mobility problems also due to the pandemic.
- Tenor Cyrille Dubois sings the part of Marzio replacing Jonathan Winell.