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Idomeneo by W.A. Mozart
Church in Ocean Park
Santa Monica, CA
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Idomeneo by W.A. Mozart
Late in the year 1780, Mozart was hard at work on a brand new opera that could easily have gone out of style before it was even finished.  Idomeneo was conceived as an opera seria, a highly-stylized musical recipe that had been the "in thing" with European aristocrats for decades.  And, by the time the Elector of Bavaria asked Mozart for Idomeneo, the fashion was clearly fading.

But Mozart was 24 years old, at the top of his game, and undaunted by current trends. If the elector wanted an opera seria, Mozart would write one. Using a traditional libretto based on classical myth, Mozart produced a score that surpassed the very genre it was rooted in.   In Idomeneo, the set-piece arias, dry recitatives and familiar, mythical characters are all there.  But so are deeply emotional ensembles, lyrical and inventive arias, and music and characters so fresh, that in this new example of an old style, the familiar conventions burst wide open. ~http://www.npr.org/

Abraham Fabella  ~ Music Director/Accompanist
Linda Jackson ~ Stage Director
Claudia Maria Schmidt ~ Chorus Master

Idomeneo  ~ Lei Shi
         ~ Michael Cruz

Idamante ~ Marcela Pan
        ~ Leona Levenson

Ilia   ~ Gretje Angell
      ~ Yayra Sanchez

Elettra ~ Linda Jackson
       ~ Virginia Stewart

Arbace  ~ Carlos Gomez
       ~ Josh Johnson

Voice of Neptune  ~Michael Margulies
                             
High Priest  ~ Duane Williams

Cretan Women ~ Rochelle Firestone
            ~ Megan Morrow
            ~ C. Maria Schmidt
            ~ Sherry Hutson
Trojan Men   ~ Tom Ahern
            ~ Kent Vitale
            ~ Paul Junger

Location

Church in Ocean Park (View)
235 Hill Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
United States


Categories

Arts > Opera

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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