Why See Mitridate, re di Ponto?
Graham Vick's hit production returns
Few operas demonstrate the genius of a child prodigy than this early work by Mozart, who composed it at the tender age of 14. Written for the Milan carnival, even the young composer was unsure that he was equal to the task. However, he needn't have worried, as it was immediately received as a phenomenal success upon its premiere in 1770. Since then, the opera has seen various revivals in the 20th century when it was rediscovered. Graham Vick's production was first staged in 1991 and now returns to the Royal Opera house in 2017.
Set during the Roman invasion of Europe, the story focuses on a tangled web of unrequited love, lust and politics in the court of Pontus. When the king, Mitridate is wrongly presumed dead in battle with the Romans, the news reaches his two teenage sons, Farnace and Sifare, and his young fiancee Aspasia. The two sons are both in love with Aspasia, however, she is in love with only Sifare. As Farnace tries to forcefully seduce Aspasia, she looks to Sifare for protection and offers him her hand. However, when Mitridate turns up alive, the tense situation explodes with recriminations, accusations and a tragic demise of one of the main characters.
Opening night: 26 June 2017
Suitable for ages 12+
Three hours 30 minutes, including two intervals.
And before you stop reading
Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
Cast and Creative
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi
Directed by Graham Vick
Designed by Paul Brown
Lighting design by Nick Chelton
Choreography and movement by Ron Howell
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