Mozart's Mitridate, Re di Ponto
Satoshi Miyagi (stage director), Marc Minkowski (conductor) — With Pene Pati (Mitridate), Ana María Labin (Aspasia), Angela Brower (Sifare)...
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Satoshi Miyagi — Stage director
Junpei Kiz — Set designer
Eri Fukazawa — Set designer
Kayo Takahashi Deschene — Costumes
Irene Selka — Lighting
Yu Otagaki — Choreographer
Detlef Giese — Dramaturgy
Pene Pati — Mitridate
Ana Maria Labin — Aspasia
Angela Brower — Sifare
Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian — Farnace
Sarah Aristidou — Ismene
Sahy Ratia — Marzio
Adriana Bignagni Lesca — Arbate
Les Musiciens du Louvre
Marc Minkowski — Conductor
The Berlin State Opera breathes new life into this paean to freedom, under the bold artistic direction of Satoshi Miyagi (with set design by Junpei Kiz and costumes by Kayo Takahashi Deschene), who transposes the story to preindustrial Japan. The result is a sparkling triumph in the spirit of kabuki theatre, spotlighting the talent of the remarkable cast including tenor Pene Pati in the title role and Ana Maria Labin as Aspasia, resplendent in this drama whose stakes transcend the bounds of history and become universal.
In the first century B.C., when the people of the Mediterranean had all fallen under the rule of the Roman Empire, one sovereign dared to resist the invasion: Mithridates, King of Pontus. Nearly two thousand years later, a prodigious 14-year-old named Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart decided to stage the epic drama of Mithridates for the opera stage, inspired by Parini’s Italian translation of the play by Racine. The work’s success seemed assured, with the original Sifare, Pietro Benedetti, quipping to Leopold Mozart that he would allow himself to be castrated all over again if it failed—but that did not come to pass, as audiences immediately took to this youthful masterpiece—which resounds impeccably in the hands of Les Musiciens du Louvre under the baton of their celebrated founder, Marc Minkowski.
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