From the Cuvilliés Theater in Munich
From the Cuvilliés Theater in Munich: "Idomeneo" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, conducted by Kent Nagano, directed by Dieter Dorn. With John Mark Ainsley (Idomeneo), Pavol Breslik (Idamante), Juliane Banse (Ilia), Annette Dasch (Elettra), Rainer Trost (Arbace) and the Chorus & Orchestra of the Bavarian State Opera. Munich's court theater was the venue for the premiere of Mozart's "Idomeneo" on 29 January 1781; today, it hosts another premiere of this same work, now to celebrate the reopening of this sparkling Rococo gem of a theater, now known after its architect as the Cuvilliés Theater. After the restoration, the theater provides an exultant red, gold and white setting for Mozart's opera seria. "Idomeneo" is often regarded as the first of the seven undisputed masterworks in Mozart's dramatic oeuvre. Never before had he cast such bold, impassioned music into a dramatic form or devised such a well-calibrated dramaturgy. Mozart's highly expressive music is given a passionate reading by conductor Kent Nagano, who leads his singers and players with brisk energy.
John Mark Ainsley (Idomeneo)
Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper