English Touring Opera (ETO) presents an ambitious season of full-scale opera about giant personalities clashing over love and power in times of war. In this season, ETO will field its largest chorus and orchestra to date.
Mozart’s Idomeneo remains one the greatest of his ‘opera seria’ (serious operas), exploring royalty, high ideals and deep emotions.
Returning from the Trojan War and caught in the midst of a storm, King Idomeneo promises the raging seas that he will sacrifice the first person he meets, in return for his safe passage. Cruelly, the first person he encounters is his only son, Idamante.
The rivalry between the princesses Ilia and Elettra for the heart of Idamante coupled with a king’s ill-fated promise provide a rich, emotional drama and unforgettable music.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles.