NEW DATE: DECEMBER , 2 (5pm & 8.30pm)
The efforts of the artists and the Liceu have made possible to keep this concert in the program. The impossibility of being able to perform two performances in a row has led Marc Minkowski himself, at the request of the Theater, to choose a wide selection of the most relevant numbers of the opera to be able to do two 90-minute performances -5pm and 8.30pm- in order to relocate 1,000 people in the house.

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.

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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

Artistic profile

Mark Minkowski
Les Musiciens du Louvre


MitridateMichael Spyres
AspasiaJulie Fuchs
SifareElsa Dreisig
FarnacePaul-Antoine Benos-Dijan
IsmeneSarah Aristidou
MarzioCyrille Dubois
ArbateAdriana Bignagni

Les Musiciens du Louvre receive financial support from the Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and the French Ministry of Culture (DRAC Auvergne Rhône-Alpes).​

First Violin
Thibault Noally
Claire Sottovia
Bérénice Lavigne
Alexandrine Caravassilis
Mario Konaka
Laurent Lagresle
Geneviève Staley-Bois
Heide Sibley
Maria Papuzinska-Uss
Julia Boyer

Second Violin
Nicolas Mazzoleni
Pablo Gutiérrez Ruiz
Paula Waisman
Alexandra Delcroix Vulcan
Cécile Mille
Martin Lissola
Sayaka Ohira

David Glidden
Joël Oechslin
Sabrina Chauris
Patrick Calafato

Gauthier Broutin
Elisa Joglar
Aude Vanackère
Vérène Westphal
Keiko Gomi

Christian Staude
Clotilde Guyon
Jean-Michel Forest

Annie Laflamme
Giulia Barbini

Daniel Lanthier
Rodrigo Gutierrez

Thomas Quinquenel
Katalin Sebella

Laszlo Szlavik
Takenori Nemoto
Jairo Gimeno

Emmanuel Mure
Philippe Genestier

David Dewast

Jory Vinikour


Cast change

  • 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.

December 2020

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