Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)

Mitridate, re di Ponto

Opera seria, K87/74a
Libretto: Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, dalla tragedia di Jean Racine
Christophe Rousset
Mitridate, King of Pontus
Giuseppe Sabbatini
Aspasia, betrothed to Mitridate
Natalie Dessay
Sifare, son of Mitridate
Cecilia Bartoli
Farnace, elder son of Mitridate
Brian Asawa
Ismene, daughter of the King of Parthia
Sandrine Piau
Marzio, Roman tribune
Juan Diego Flórez
Arbate, governor of Nymphaea
Hélène Le Corre
Les Talens Lyriques
Mitridate, re di Ponto Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)

“Throughout his creative life, Mozart’s highest aspiration was to write opera, and first and foremost, opera seria. Mitridate was his first opportunity as a fully-fledged composer to realize this goal, working with professional singers in a major theater in Italy, the undisputed operatic center of Europe, and to experience the new currents and trends expected by singers and a demanding Italian public – and all at the tender age of fourteen. (…)”

Harrison James Wignall

© 1999 The Decca Record Company Limited, London

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Co-produced with Jean-Pierre Brossmann for Opéra National de Lyon
With the support of Fondation d’entreprise France Télécom

3 CDs Decca / LC0171

Recorded in May 1998 in Vevey (Switzerland)
Released in 1999