is idomeneo boring – new search term
Well, is it?
It depends. It’s certainly rather too long. The story has potential not matched by the librettist’s skills. The mezzo hopeful doesn’t have access to any arias on the level of Parto or Deh, per questo…
But there is a ravishing duet that does often include a mezzo and there is Fuor del mar for the Mozart tenor. Most famous of all is Elettra’s showstopper. And lest we forget, the choruses, which do rival Tito‘s (I have been quoted in the past saying they are better. Again, it depends on who’s conducting/singing). Also, Mozart himself was very excited to write it and there are many letter back-and-forths between him and his father to document the (not particularly smooth – due to external forces -) process.
Conclusion: mixed bag. Definitely worth a listen but pick your conductor/singers/chorus combo wisely. Make sure your Idamante is a mezzo, the other options simply fall short here.
Posted on January 24, 2019, in mozart and tagged idomeneo, mozart. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.
not at all and I love it and the Vienna version with tenor Idamante does not exist. Not in my orbit.
what tenor version? Hehe.
haha! I love idomeneo, aka Richard Croft vehicle. and the quartet after the kids get together, excellent
(although we might say certain productions are boring (coughMETcough)
Depends entirely on who’s in it (coughASvOcough)
I can see how that would work!