Idomeneo

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Dramma per musica in three acts
Libretto by Giambattista Varesco
in Italian
Fear of death - a bad advisor since time immemorial: King Idomeneo, whose fleet sinks into the waters of Crete shortly before returning home from the Trojan War, swears to the sea god Poseidon that if he survives, he will sacrifice the first human being he meets on the shore. But as fate – or rather the theater – would have it, this is of course his own son Idamante. To make matters worse, he has fallen in love with a Trojan prisoner, Ilia, which infuriates the Greek princess Elettra. Idomeneo, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s perfect "drama for music", is one of a series of Greek war dramas retold according to the taste of the 18th century. The classical logic of tragedy, according to which the failure to act of those in power has fatal consequences for the general public and can only be atoned for by the downfall and destruction of the guilty, is redirected by a mandatory happy ending dictated by mysterious divine voices: Idomeneo steps back, but Poseidon’s sea monsters remain where they belong. Idamante and Ilia take over, peace for all and curtains please.
But does such a promise still hold true today? Director Bastian Kraft and the team from the successful production Rusalka stage a reflection on fathers’ fear of their own sons, traces of the archaic in European civilization, the rebellion of nature and the last generations. Idomeneo is one of the most exciting works of its time, with tone paintings bursting with imagination that compose masterful arias and choruses into larger scenic contexts. Under GMD Cornelius Meister’s baton, Mozart’s "Sturm und Drang" opera, composed at the age of 24, promises to be a true experience.
Location
Opernhaus
World premiere
1781 in Munich

Premiere of this production
November 24, 2024

Recommended age
from class 8
There will be a german introduction 45 minutes before the performance at Foyer I. floor.

Tickets for the entire 2024/25 season can be booked from July 8, 2024, no advance bookings possible.

Nov 2024
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Sun
24
Opernhaus
Premiere
8-115 € / G, tickets as of 8. July 2024
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Wed
27
Opernhaus
8-115 € / G, tickets as of 8. July 2024
Dec 2024
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Mon
2
Opernhaus
8-115 € / G, tickets as of 8. July 2024
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Thu
5
Opernhaus
8-115 € / G, tickets as of 8. July 2024
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Mon
16
Opernhaus
8-115 € / G, tickets as of 8. July 2024
Cast
Musikalische Leitung Cornelius Meister
Regie Bastian Kraft
Bühne Peter Baur
Kostüme Jelena Miletić
Video Sophie Lux
Licht Gerrit Jurda
Chor Manuel Pujol
Dramaturgie Franz-Erdmann Meyer-Herder
Elettra Diana Haller
Illia Lavinia Bini
Idomeneo Jeremy Ovenden
Idamante Ida Ränzlöv
Arbace Charles Sy
Voce di Nettuno Aleksander Myrling
Oberpriester N.N.
Musiker*innen des Staatsorchesters Stuttgart, Mitglieder des Staatsopernchores
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Fri
20
Opernhaus
8-139 € / I, tickets as of 8. July 2024
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Fri
27
Opernhaus
8-139 € / I, tickets as of 8. July 2024

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