Idomeneo, the opera of the King of Crete
Idomeneo is one of Mozart's most classical Italian operas. It draws on a couple of other works that were popular in his day, in order to create a royal carnival opera, which was the original commission to Mozart by the Elector of Bavaria at the time, Karl Theodor. This makes it the perfect opera both for those wanting an introduction to the most traditional form of the genre, as well as those who like their opera to be classically authentic. Either way, you can buy or sell Idomeneo tickets on StubHub.
A Mozart opera rewritten by Richard Strauss
The music to Idomeneo was actually rewritten twice in an attempt to update it for contemporary opera audiences on the occasion of the 150th anniversary since Mozart originally composed it. This resulted in two new versions appearing in 1931, one by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, and a far more successful one by the German romantic opera maestro, Richard Strauss. The Strauss version was the more revisionist one, as he added large dollops of his own style and sound and replaced about a third of Mozart's music with his own. The Strauss version was first performed by the Vienna State Opera and is still performed in the present day: it has had a highly successful staging by the
A romantic opera set to Greek mythology
Idomeneo, or "Idomeneo, re di Creta ossia Ilia e Idamante", to give the opera its full title, is the story of love found and lost on Crete in the wake of the Trojan War. It focuses on Idomeneo, the King of Crete, caught in a quandary as a result of the romance between his son, Idamante, and the daughter of King Priam of Troy, Ilia – hence the original alternate title, "Ilia and Idamante". There's plenty of Greek mythology to savour, with heroic quests and the slaying of giant sea serpents to defy the god Neptune and win the fair maiden's hand in marriage. It's standard stirring romantic legend stuff. Mozart wrote it in his middle period, in-between the unfinished Zaide and Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail. It has been recorded many times over the decades with many different opera stars taking the roles and has been filmed more than 10 times, with the most famous modern filmed performance being a live staging at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. You'll certainly not be disappointed with any performance for which you find Idomeneo tickets on StubHub – you simply can't go wrong with classical opera of this quality.
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