Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was only 14 years old when he was commissioned to compose a large, full-length opera seria, "Mitridate, Re di Ponto," for Milan's Teatro Regio Ducale. Many important composers had previously created works for this stage, which was respected throughout Europe. Mozart joined them with a remarkable opera based on a drama by the French tragedian Jean Racine.

The story, about a declining king and warlord whose two very different sons love the same woman, but who is also his own bride, inspired Mozart to write music that knows elevated pathos and strong passions as well as deeply felt emotions. He drew from tradition and yet already showed himself at a height that more than foreshadowed what was to come. The premiere in late 1770 became a triumph for the youthful composer. A Japanese production team led by director Satoshi Miyagi immerses Mozart's "Mitridate" in an enchanting ambience and lets different worlds collide.

© Staatsoper Unter den Linden


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