Mozart's Idomeneo opens a number of the composer’s masterpieces. Compiled for Munich, it had the world premiere there on 29 January 1781.
Librettist Giambattista Varesco handles an ancient theme in the opera about the Cretan king Idomeneo who, when returning from the Trojan war and his life threatened, he promises god Neptune that he will sacrifice to him the first person he meets on land. But it is actually his own son Idamante. As in every antique tragedy, however, deus ex machina intervenes in the plot - Neptune's voice orders the king to give up his throne for the benefit of his son Idamante and his wife Ilia.
Despite the fact that Pilsen's opera always devoted attention to Mozart's work, Idomeneo has not yet been presented so the current production will be the first. Its direction was entrusted to the prominent German director Arila Siegert who will work in the Czech Republic for the first time.
The opera is presented in Italian with Czech and German subtitles.
Premiere 9 March 2019 at the Grand Theatre.