Mitridate’s kingdom is under siege by Rome, and his sons, Farnace and Sifare, are both in love with Aspasia, the woman he plans to marry. Mitridate vows to take revenge on them all, while Ismene, Farnace’s scorned fiancée, tries to find a path to reconciliation. As the threat of Rome looms ever closer, this fractured family’s outbursts of fear, jealousy and pent-up passion grow ever more frenzied.
The young Mozart, only 14 at the opera’s Milan premiere, combines glorious melody, dazzling vocal fireworks and exquisitely tender melancholy in his first opera seria. Opening in the year of Beethoven’s birth, it received immediate acclaim.
We welcome back Tim Albery (Idomeneo, 2016 and Capriccio, 2018) to direct, conductor Clemens Schuldt makes his Garsington debut and Robert Murray (Semele, 2017, and Vespers of 1610, 2019) sings the title role.