From the Salzburg Festival: "Mitridate, re di Ponto" (Mithridates, King of Pontus) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, conducted by Marc Minkowski, directed by Günter Krämer. With Richard Croft (Mitridate), Netta Or (Aspasia), Miah Persson (Sifare), Bejun Mehta (Farnace), Ingela Bohlin (Ismene), Colin Lee (Marzio), Pascal Bertin (Arbate) and Les Musiciens du Louvre, Grenoble. "Mitridate" is the first major opera seria of the 14-year-old Mozart, and its plot typical of this genre, which had its heyday in the mid to late 18th century. King Mitridate, blinded by his lust for power, believes his sons Farnace and Sifare, as well as his betrothed Aspasia, are betraying him. He wants to put them to the test by staging his own death. The two sons, who want to go their own ways, are thus forced to oppose their father, even as they long for his love. Mitridate is ready to sacrifice all three - but in the end, he is the only one who dies.





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